City of Toronto to pay for Corey Haim's funeral

18:55, March 15, 2010      

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The cost of the funeral for late teen star Corey Haim will be covered by the city of Toronto, the actor's birthplace, according to U.S. media reports.

Judy Haim, Corey's mother who is suffering from cancer, told Access Hollywood that Toronto has come to the aid of the family and will be covering the cost of the late star's funeral on Tuesday.

However, city officials said Sunday they would neither confirm nor deny the former teen idol's social assistance burial application.

"If we're paying for the funerals of other destitute people, then he rates," Councillor Doug Holyday said. "I would like to inquire what the city's responsibility is."

Judy also said that Startifacts.com, a celebrity memorabilia site, had said that it would offer 20,000 U.S. dollars to the family to cover additional costs such as Corey's tombstone, food, guests and other miscellaneous expenses.

"We gave that money out of the goodness of our heart, but we do work with so many celebrities and we always try to help them out, especially when they're hard on cash," said a Startifacts rep, urging that Corey fans continue to support Judy by donating to the Memorial Fund.

The 38-year-old star began acting from age 12 and shot to fame with his appearance in the popular movie "Lucas" in 1986.

He died last Wednesday in Burbank, California and reportedly had prescriptions for Vicodin, Valium, haloperidol and a muscle relaxant in an apartment he shared with his mother.

Corey Feldman, Haim's best friend, told CNN earlier that the late star was broke and owed 200,000 dollars in taxes.

Source: Xinhuanet
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