Hundreds Gather at Corey Haim's Funeral

Published: March 16th 2010
in Culture » Movies

Corey Haim's funeral
Pic: Dan Verbin
Corey Haim's funeral
Pic: Dan Verbin

Corey Haim’s family and fans have finally said their goodbyes. The Canadian actor’s funeral took place at Steeles Memorial Chapel in Thornhill, Ont., on Tuesday morning. Fans and media outlets gathered outside the venue to commemorate the The Lost Boys star’s life.


Dan Pigeau, 31, is a teacher from Oshawa and a Haim fan. Like many other fans, Pigeau stopped by with his wife and friend to witness the funeral. “Part of my childhood died,” he said upon hearing the news of Haim’s death. “I felt sad. I felt the need to be here.” Pigeau who arrived two hours before the service started, also shared that he looked up to Haim growing up and enjoyed watching his movies. He said, “I still, at 31, love watching The Lost Boys.”


Also present at the funeral was Haim’s second cousin, Maytal Kotler. She addressed the media afterwards and said, “It was a very touching memorial service. Lots of funny, touching stories.”


The Toronto Star reported that 200 people attended the service. About three or four speakers took the podium, including Haim’s childhood best friend. The site of the burial was unknown to the guests. There were also no sightings of Corey Feldman.


Haim has been in the centre of much controversy since he passed away last week in Burbank, Calif. Feldman, Haim’s friend and reality show co-star in The Two Coreys, said that Haim died without a penny to his name. Haim was a teen star in the ‘80s, known for movies such as The Lost Boys and License to Drive. But after suffering from a highly publicized drug addiction, he declared bankruptcy in 1997.


His mother Judy Haim reportedly told Access Hollywood that the City of Toronto agreed to cover some of the funeral expenses. A spokesperson for the City, however, confirmed on Monday that it “has never received an application for assistance with the funeral costs for Mr. Haim.” But other groups have stepped in to pay for the expenses.


Celebrity memorabilia website Startifacts offered the Haim family $20,000, while a MySpace fan page declared last Saturday, “It appears that we may now have raised enough money to cover all the expenses of Corey’s funeral! Many thanks to all who donated!”


Several of Haim’s personal friends did not attend the funeral. Feldman announced on Monday that he will be holding a separate memorial in California, but chooses to respect the family’s wishes of a small gathering. He said,“I would love nothing more than to be by her side at Corey’s funeral, however due to their strong religious beliefs, and need for privacy, the family has decided to make Corey’s funeral on Tuesday a small, private affair.”


Actress Angela Cullins, who starred with Haim in American Sunset, also sent her condolences. In a statement release she said, “It would mean the world to me to be at Corey’s funeral, but due to the need for privacy, the family has decided to make it a small affair.”


The 38-year-old actor died of pulmonary congestion last Wednesday. He reportedly weighed 200 pounds at the time and was put on prescription drugs.


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