Let’s face it – it’s tragic when anyone, even an ’80s child star burnout like Corey Haim, dies at age 38.
It’s just not natural for anyone to die that young. And it’s sure not natural for a parent – like Haim’s cancer-stricken mother – to have to bury their child. Most parents expect to experience the joy of bringing a life into the world; they never expect to watch that life die. They never expect to bury their own children. It’s against the laws of nature. Children grow up and bury their parents. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Haim was troubled for a long time. It’s easy to say that he was just another child star who went bad – and that is the truth – but we all know it’s probably a lot more complicated than that. Just look at his face towards the end of his life. Yes, we all get worn down by time. But in Haim’s case, you could practically see the tiretracks of his hard-living, drug-addled life all over his face. Dark shadows covered his once-bright eyes. What was once vibrant and energetic was bloated and depleted.
Corey Haim couldn’t get past his early stardom and fall. And for much of his life, he couldn’t find his own self-worth. You can’t stay stuck in the past folks. Because, like anything, it can eat you alive, from inside out. And unfortunately, that’s The Dirty Truth.