updated 03/10/2010 AT 4:35 PM ET
•originally published 03/10/2010 AT 4:45 PM ET
Corey Haim’s sudden death at age 38 comes a shock to the man who has spent the last year-and-a half working with the former child star: His agent Mark Heaslip.
“I really don’t think it was an overdose,” Heaslip says. “He was doing really well. He did struggle with substance abuse, but I’ve repped him for a year-and-a-half and part of my agreement with him was that he had to be clean. That was the number one priority.”
In the hours leading up to Haim’s death, the Lost Boys star was suffering from a fever and flu-like symptoms. “It was 99 degrees and it jumped up to 101. We had his doctor come over and take his temperature. She said he actually looked very good.”
Haim stayed in bed all day and through the evening. At one point “he woke up his mom and said, ‘Mom, can you please come and lie next to me, I’m not feeling very good,’ ” Heaslip says. “He woke up again [later] and said he was having problems breathing. But it wasn’t very severe problems breathing. She thought he was sick. From there they both fell asleep.”
Around midnight Haim’s mother woke up and saw her son walking around and then collapse. “She called for an ambulance immediately,” says Heaslip. “Before he came to the hospital he was pronounced dead.”