Corey Haim is dead, Los Angeles Police confirmed to TV station KTLA. He was 38.
Police say it is believed the actor, who had a long history of substance-abuse problems, perished from an accidental overdose at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
I’ve written about child actors before and my reluctance of letting my own gregarious child enjoy the spotlight. Stories like this only confirm my irrational (?) fear of the child actor curse. I’ve been trying to come up with a list of “normal” adults that got their start as children to compare to the tragedies. The lists are not looking so hot.
In the healthy column –
Justine Bateman (can we thank their parents for this?)
Danica McKellar (something about the wholesomeness of the Wonder Years?)
In the cautionary tale column –
Coreys Feldman and Haim weren’t doing so hot before today’s news, but sadly Haim is now a permanent member of the club with zero chance for redemption.
Anyone in the healthy column I missed? Let’s hear some good news about this demographic for a change. Tell me who else made it to functional adulthood in comments.