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Another '80s Star Gone to Waste

Corey Haim, 38, is found dead of an apparent drug overdose.

11:55 AM, Mar 10, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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For those of you familiar with The Two Coreys, didn't you think Corey Feldman would have been the one to die of an overdose? Of course if you followed the eponymous reality series on AE, it soon became clear Corey Haim was the one with the problems.

The child actor and later teen star of films such as The Lost Boys (and more mindless fare like License to Drive and even more mindless fare like Blown Away—which every guy watched solely because of Nicole Eggert) had developed a terrible cocaine and valium addiction that he just couldn't shake—he was found unresponsive at his mother's home this morning and pronounced dead shortly after. But while most of the tributes coming out now refer to Haim's role in The Lost Boys, a terrific '80s vampire flick that also starred Kiefer Sutherland, we shouldn't forget the best movie he ever made: Lucas.

Haim was only 14 at the time when he played the role of a high school misfit: Lucas has fallen in love with the cheerleader (Kerri Green) who naturally thinks of him as a friend—she's really in love with the quarterback (Charlie Sheen). But Lucas is willing to go the distance for her and tries out for the football team, suffering indignity upon indignity at the hands of other players (including one played by Jeremy Piven). So obsessed is he with the cheerleader that he doesn't even notice his bandmate's crush on him (a very young Winona Ryder). There aren't any decent clips of Lucas (except a sappy trailer and this three-second bit) so just add it to your Netflix queue.

As for Corey Feldman, there's something about him that reminds me of our senior writer Matt Labash. (The comparison really annoys him.)

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