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.”
Doing Well, Helping His Mom
The LAPD has attributed his death to a possible drug overdose. The coroner confirms that four prescription medication bottles in his name were found at the scene, but his death has been ruled inconclusive pending toxicology tests. No illegal drugs were found.
Haim, who had battled drug addiction for many years, had been working with an addiction specialist and was doing well, his agent says. “He was still on a little medication, but not like the old days. They’d pretty much weaned him off it He seemed very coherent and normal [on Tuesday]. He did to both his mother and his doctor as well. The doctor just thought he had a cold or bug or flu.”
The actor had started working again and was there for his mother through her battle with cancer. “She has been going through chemo and radiation,” says Heaslip. “Corey had been attending every doctor’s appointment with his mom. It was amazing how well he supported her.”
To fans Heaslip says, “I want people to know that Corey was doing so well. I’ve been so proud of him. It’s so sad. Yesterday was the first time I didn’t hear from him in a long time. He was in bed. It’s the weirdest thing to all of us.”