But his life had taken a true downward trajectory, and his friends should have been able to notice the warning signs. Namely, that he was dating "Daisy of Love" star Daisy de la Hoya.
Things appeared to be looking up for Corey Haim when he died.When you're dating Daisy de la Hoya, things are not "looking up" for you. Anyone who watched either the "Rock of Love" season on which Ms. de la Hoya appeared, or her own show, could tell you that.
Not only did the fallen 38-year-old actor have eight film projects in the works, but he also had a new love interest who wanted to rescue him from substance abuse.
After being introduced by Corey Feldman shortly before Haim died, he began dating 27-year-old Daisy de la Hoya, the star of VH1 reality show Daisy of Love…
But clearly, Ms. de la Hoya is broken up over the loss of her new love:
"I'm sooooooo devastated right now," de la Hoya tweeted this morning. "This is the worst day ever I can't believe this."Read that again. How devastated was she? She was "sooooooo" devastated. That's how you can tell the depth of her feeling. In a tweet, you're given only 140 characters with which to work. Ms. de la Hoya spent 7 of those characters on o's in the word sooooooo. That is really, really devastated.
"This is the worst day ever," she added. She sounds like a third grader complaining about losing an iPod.
Sometimes you wonder if those reality shows are unfair to the participants. There were a few times when I was watching "Daisy of Love" when I wondered if it was possible that Ms. de la Hoya could really be that shallow, self absorbed, and venal. "They must be making fun of her," I thought, "with the way they're cutting the show together."
But with a tweet, Ms. de la Hoya proves once again that London is very lucky to have gotten that other woman pregnant, and gotten away from her.
But she wasn't done with her tweeting-- she had something even worse to add:
De la Hoya also tweeted, "Why do I always fall for the lost soul? We could of been lost together, now your lost forever.... Ill miss you."Because, Corey Haim's death is about you, Daisy. You always fall for the "lost soul."
Daisy de la Hoya, who was so often posed with a bottle of Jack Daniels with smoke wafting about her, wanted to help Corey Haim conquer his addictions. Oh, dear.
UPDATE 2:10 PM PST: Dr. Drew Pinsky, sleazy host/"therapist" of Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, is using the occasion of Mr. Haim's death to push himself and his own show, Sober House, premiering either today or tomorrow:
Corey Haim apparently made a fatal mistake when he recently told Celebrity Rehab's producers he had no interest in participating, the show's host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, tells PEOPLE.Yeah, he just died this week, and the VH1 reality stars come out of the woodwork to ride his coattails, down, down into his grave. So to speak. That metaphor doesn't quite work, but I'm so disgusted I can't come up with a decent one.
Pinsky, an addiction-medicine specialist, says that friends and associates of the former child actor – who died Wednesday at 38 – have told him for years that Haim needed help with recovery. Pinsky says he gave them his phone number but Haim never called.
Pinksy adds that although Haim has been to rehab facilities several times, "he wasn't embracing treatment in any real way" and was only fooling himself when he told his show's producers "I do not need help."
"He's dead. Do you need to know anything more?" Pinsky said.
Over the course of the current season of "Celebrity Rehab," I have come to regard Dr. Drew Pinsky with ever-increasing disgust. The self-aggrandizement, the pursing of the lips, the judgmental glares, the repetitive belittling of those in his charge, and the insistence on bringing Kari Anne Peniche back, and turning her loose to cause chaos in now THREE shows ("Sex Rehab," "Celebrity Rehab," and "Sober House") show that, for whatever good he might have done in the past, he is purely in it for the "celebrity" now.
This is the same Dr. Drew Pinsky who recently left his "real doctor" position, under a mysterious cloud:
Celebrity physician Dr. Drew Pinsky confirmed this week that he is leaving his post as co-medical director of Aurora Las Encinas Hospital's chemical dependency program.So maybe Mr. Haim wouldn't have been quite so safe in Dr. Pinsky's care, after all?
Pinsky, who has led the chemical dependency unit at the hospital for at least 19 years, did not respond to questions about why he left, beyond confirming his departure to The Times through his agent.
Pinsky's departure comes as the high-end psychiatric hospital in Pasadena, where four patients died and one was raped in recent years, faces renewed scrutiny after inspectors learned of several recent escapes and near-suicides.
Oh and by the way, back to the People story, there's this:
Haim's agent, Mark Heaslip, says he doesn't think Haim died of an overdose.Dr. Pinsky seems pretty sure that Mr. Haim died of a drug overdose, and maybe he did. But we don't know for sure yet. What kind of doctor makes a statement that he could have saved someone's life, when he doesn't even know for sure how he died?
Holy shit Dr. Drew Pinsky is an asshole.