The death of actor Corey Haim has elicited a strong reaction from the celebrity community in Hollywood, as many working actors in their 30s grew up either watching the childhood star on screen… or, working with him.
Alyssa Milano, who was friends with Corey in the ‘80s (but never worked with him), Tweeted: “Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away. RIP sweet boy.”
Twitter leader Ashton Kutcher was one of those who admired the teen film actor.
“Rip Corey Haim ‘Childhood hero,’” Ashton Tweeted.
Many echoed the sentiment that Corey was one of their first teenage crushes.
“Sister Sister” actress Tamera Mowry Tweeted, “RIP Cory Haim…you were my first crush!”
Christina Applegate felt sympathy, Tweeting, “My thoughts go out to Corey’s family and friends today. So sad.”
“So sad about corey haim…” Tweeted the “Today” show’s Hoda Kotb.
Some, like director Kevin Smith, addressed the actor’s legacy.
“Lost Boy goes home: Corey Haim, dead at 38. G’bye, LUCAS,” he Tweeted, referring to two of Corey’s films. “You gave hope to the weird & unlikely.”
Others remembered someone who was a friend — not just a star.
“Just want to say that Corey Haim was a good friend of mine and he will be missed,” Todd Bridges said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “Too many people are dying way too young and it’s sad because of the loved ones who are left behind to understand what happened and to feel the loss. I hope he’s in a better place. I will always love my Brother, and I will never judge him.
“I understand his pain, but I also know now there is a way out,” he continued. “I hope anyone who is dealing with the same stuff get out before it’s too late. Don’t let the death of others fool you into thinking that it cannot happen to you. If you play with fire, you will get burned. God bless Cory and I hope you’re at peace.”
And Leif Garrett, who starred with Corey in “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” weighed in as well.
“This just goes to show that whether it’s street drugs or a prescription from the doctor, that all drugs are dangerous — as we saw with my friend, Heath, as well,” he said in a statement to Access. “No matter what form, it’s not to be taken lightly. Some people are lucky enough to finish the race and others crash and burn. I do not wish this horrible disease of addiction on anybody. I send all my condolences and love to Corey’s family. May he rest in peace.”