Thursday, March 11, 2010

Corey Haim overdose the latest of many

Hollywood is not particularly arty in the purest sense of the word, since its culture is very concerned with making money. Still, it's a honey pot for actors - and they are certainly artists, even if they only appear in film and TV screens and never don tights and tread the boards in a play by the Bard!

And like many artists, they certainly do like their drugs! Abuse of both prescription and illegal drugs is rife among actors, and barely a day goes by without another one being busted for possession, committing a crime to support their habit, or dying from an overdose. The latest sad tale of this kind: the death of 80s child star Corey Haim.

He comes from a crop of young actors who were particularly troubled. They were burdened with huge fame while still very young and emotionally immature. A high proportion of them just never seemed to get over this, and have struggled to lead normal lives as are result.

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