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Coroner on Haim: Natural Death, Not Drugs

5/4/2010 5:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Corey HaimTMZ has learned the L.A. County Coroner is about to release the report on Corey Haim's death ... and it was not caused by drugs ... it's listed as a natural death.

In lay terms, Corey had a bad heart and pneumonia.  As for drugs, there were traces of several drugs but nothing severe enough to contribute to Haim's death.

As for the causes of death .... diffuse alveolar damage -- respiratory distress.  In addition, the Coroner found hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- the muscle in his heart thickened, making it hard for blood to flow.

And the Coroner also found a hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

Story developing...

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46.

Jared    

As a former opiate addict, I just want to point out that long term opiate use (as well as heroin use) causes hardening of the arteries.



Just sayin'.

1445 days ago
47.

razzledazzle    

"Diffuse alveolar damage, ... hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ... and hardening of the arteries ...." And how old was this poor kid? It's pretty scary to think that you could be walking around with pneumonia and not know it.

1445 days ago
48.

Post-It    

This just proves how most people are just negative, closed minded and mean. Well, stupid too! Saying that dying young can't be natural is stupid, sadly many people do. The rest of the posts that are claiming drugs did it regardless are the ones who are negative or thrive on drama, they just can't accept the truth if it isn't what they want to hear. People know the truth now, if anyone wants to continue to try and twist it, let them, they are the miserable ones. We all know Corey had a drug problem and most assumed a lot because of that, this time they were wrong, accept it and move on. Do you feel like a bigger person when you ignore the truth and continue to try and prove your point? You can't just let it be? Sounds like those people have big problems too if they are given proof of something and still say it's their way. Who wants to be around people who are so closed minded that even when presented with a fact they insist the fact is wrong and they are correct? Not many people, eventually others get sick of not being able to have a normal disussion or debate with someone who always has to be right so they distance themselves. Pathetic.

1445 days ago
49.

R.I.P    

**** ALL YOU HATERS OUT THERE THAT SAID HE DIED OF A O.D. GOES TO SHOW YOU ****ING *******S THAT YOU DONT KNOW **** SO KEEP YOUR ****HOLES COVERED BEFORE YOU START MAKING CLAIMS FROM NOW ON. SO WHAT IF HE HAD HEART PROBLEMS BEFORE HE WAS 40 YEARS OLD. I KNOW A KID THAT HAD A HEART ATTACK AND DIED AT 22. IM SURE THE DRUGS HE DID IN THE PAST DIDNT HELP ANYTHING BUT ITS NOT THE REASON FOR HIS DEATH. IF THAT WAS THE CASE EVERYONE IS CLAIMING HERE. THEN ANYONE WHO HAS EVER DONE ANY DRUG IN THEIR LIFE AND DIES, OH WELL IT MUST BE FROM DRUGS. R.I.P. AND I HOPE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS NOW HAVE SOME KIND OF CLOSURE.

1445 days ago
50.

Common Sense    

The DIRECT cause of his death was natural causes. How often does someone Corey's age die from these natural causes without any underlying factors. Drugs were a major contribution to the failure of his body to fight off illness. I have no doubt that his past drug use caused these health issues. Just like in the case of Brittnay Murphy, drugs absoulutely caused her death even if they were not the DIRECT cause of death.

1445 days ago
51.

Allison    

Ok, talk about misleading. Drug intoxication may not have attributed to his death but make no mistake, drug use caused his cardiomypathy which caused insufficent pumping of the heart which in turn led to pneumonia. The heart could not handle the circulatory load and it backed up into his pulmonary system causing pneumonia and eventually respiratory failure. So everyone now assuming drugs had nothing to do with his death are sadly mistaken. It is so misleading to act as if drugs weren't an issue. This is the type rationale a Lindsay Lohan probably tells herself. See drugs don't hurt you and so on it goes.

1445 days ago
52.

And thats the truth    

7. There is nothing natural about dying at 38. You can be sure drugs had something to do with it one way or the other.



Posted at 1:18 PM on May 4, 2010 by Whamo



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My cousin died at 39 of an enlarged heart. He was born with it. He was not under a doctors care at the time of his death. Also, if I remember correctly, there was an olympic ice skater that was in his late 20's that was practicing with his wife and collapsed and died some time ago. He was in tip top shape and he also had a heart defect.



My newborn neice died at 6 weeks old because she had a hole in her heart. She died during open heart surgery.



My Mothers cousin was heavy throughout her life and she had gone on a diet and lost a lot of weight. She died soon after the weight loss. Apparently she had a hole in her heart and when she was overweight the fat sealed the hole, so when she lost the weight the hole was exposed. She was also young. Dont assume because you are young that you can not die of natural causes. Age has nothing to do with it.



1445 days ago
53.

janalal4    

Huh, well maybe some of the creeps on here will stop ASSuming so much maybe, jumping to conclusions, & judging people so harshly. Right. Maybe not.

1445 days ago
54.

janalal4    

58. 7. There is nothing natural about dying at 38. You can be sure drugs had something to do with it one way or the other.




Posted at 1:18 PM on May 4, 2010 by Whamo




Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/03/19/corey-haim-coroner-cause-of-death-drugs-heart-respiratory-pneumonia/4/#c3195969#ixzz0n0j4ssPz



All you amateur medical experts on here really crack me up.

1445 days ago
55.

Allen Ridak    

I hope all the selfish morons who made up their mind and posted their opinion that he died of an overdose have a good hard look at themselves.
Losers!!!

1445 days ago
56.

Mr. Bate    

I'm pretty sure Corey will be glad to know that his death was
natural and not because of drugs. It was'nt the drugs after all.
Thank goodness! I apologize for calling you a drug addicted dummy.

1445 days ago
57.

matt    

For all of you out there who think they are medical experts, let me provide you some rational information from a medical expert.
1. Haim died from natural causes related to community acquired pneumonia.
2. His cardiovascular disease and enlarged heart were contributing factors in his death. An enlarged heart is called cardiomyopathy.
3. Most likely, his cardiovascular disease and cardiomyopathy were caused by years of alcohol and drug abuse.
4. His swollen features were based on weight gain, but it was also caused by fluid retention most likely related to congestive heart failure. When the heart enlarges that way, it does not effectively pump blood through the body system and can cause fluid back-up. It makes it difficult for the lungs to move fluid and mucus resulting in an easier ability to develop pneumonia.
5. Haim's ability to fight off infection was affected by the years of drug and alcohol abuse, his health was fragile at best and while he did not die of an overdose, his past abuse signiifcantly contributed to his death.
6. My cause of death is complications related to community acquired pneumonia. Secondary to cardiomyopathy and cadiovascualar disease most likely associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

1444 days ago
58.

duh    

sedatives reduce the respiratory drive and dull symptoms of illnesses...being snowed on prescription pain meds make you not breathe as deep...you're snowed so you don't cough as much...pain tells you when you're sick...pain pills dull pain...you're snowed so your symptoms aren't as obvious..lots of addicts get pneumonia...and have heart blockages...how would you know you're having chest pain if you can't feel pain cause of your pain pills.

1444 days ago
59.

T    

Rock Hudson died of pneumonia too, so did Freddie Mercury.....

1444 days ago
60.

blanca    

People can be real idiots over here on the comment board. Yes people can die young and out of the blue. I have seen people in their teens having heart attacks, people in their late 30's to 40's die due to their heart. when your born and get older you don't know if you had an enlarge heart or a ticking timebomb. So yes knowing that he did have a bad heart and was sick especially in his lungs lead to his fate. Before you start judging about anyone medical condition be a trained professional before you start giving out opinions instead of facts. Remember that. So yes his family seriously do need a huge apology. Assuming things can only make you wish that you never open your mouth to begin with.

1444 days ago
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