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Corey Feldman: We need to change the way we treat child stars

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Corey Feldman appeared on Larry King Live Wednesday to discuss the passing of Corey Haim. The two points he wanted to address after the jump.

1.) People shouldn’t speculate on the cause of death. “Until the coroner’s report comes out, until we have specific evidence, until we know exactly what the toxicology reports say, nobody knows, and nobody is going to know,” Feldman said. “We all are aware of the fact that Corey Haim has had a long and detailed drug history and battled addiction for many, many years. I know it better than anybody, because I’ve been the guy stuffing charcoal down his throat when he was ODing. I’ve been the guy trying to make him, you know, stand up or say a complete sentence. I’ve been there with him through it many, many times, and it’s happened very badly and very intensely through the years on may occasions. However, most recently, he’s been honestly in the best frame of mind that he’s ever been in, in the past year. I mean, I would say with his mom battling cancer, he’s really showed up, he’s really become a man. He’s been there, he’s been there for her, taking care of her, being responsible.”

He said Haim was known to be showing symptoms that could’ve represented kidney or heart failure from either a bad cocktail of prescription drugs (according to Feldman, Haim had just begun seeing a new treatment specialist) or from his body shutting down after years of abuse. That’s something Haim feared, and confronted with a trip to the doctor on their reality show, The Two Coreys. “I had these palpitations, like panic attacks from the abuse I’ve put my body through,” Haim told EW before the show’s 2007 premiere. “When [Feldman] felt one of them from the beginning to end, he cut the cameras, pulled me aside, ripped my mike off, and said, ‘Dude, I need you just to breathe right now.’ Then he said, ‘Do you want to help other people and maybe show the side effects or after effects of what we did when we were kids, man?'”

2. Though he appreciates the outpouring for Haim now, Hollywood and the media need to think about how they treat child stars while they’re alive. “Where were all these people the last 10 years, the last 15 years of Corey’s life?” Feldman asked. He said Haim was living in a month-to-month rental apartment with his mother, with nothing to his name — not even a car. Feldman said child stars are put on a pedestal, discarded when their deemed no longer marketable, and then made fun of. It’s an issue he also addressed with EW in 2007:

EW: What would you say to people like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, who are still learning? What would your lives have been like 15 or 20 years ago if you had to worry about more than Teen Beat digging up dirt?

FELDMAN: Corey and I have been the brunt of many a joke and many a slam, and if we didn’t have rhino skin we wouldn’t be alive today due to all of the terrible things that people have said about us through the years. Teen magazines we’re always pretty even-handed because they didn’t want to slam the people they were promoting. It was more the People magazine, the Star magazine. I think Entertainment Weeklyhas been responsible for a few—

HAIM: Billion. [Both laugh] As far as drugs and stuff, I have no comment.

FELDMAN: People ask us all the time, what would you say to these kids, and what I say is: I think it’s completely natural for kids to make mistakes and learn lessons from those mistakes. But for people to sit there and dissect it and talk s— and parade other people’s problems around, I think that’s the sickness. If anything needs to get fixed in society, it’s people’s consumption of other people’s problems. We’re all made to make mistakes, nobody’s perfect.

HAIM: I’ve been perfect all of my life. [Both laugh]

FELDMAN: Besides Corey Haim.

More Corey Haim:

Remembering Corey Haim

Corey Haim: 13 roles we’ll remember

Q&A with the Coreys

Q&A with ‘License to Drive’ star Corey Haim