Corey Feldman will not attend Corey Haim’s funeral.
The actor has decided not to travel from his home in Los Angeles to Toronto, Canada, to pay his last respects to his close pal – who died last week – out of respect for the actor’s family’s wishes for a small, private service.
Feldman said in a statement: "In the days following my best friend Corey Haim's death, I have spent much time with his mother Judy, who has always been like a mother to me.
“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.
"Understanding the recent media attention and to be respectful of the family's wishes, I have decided not to attend."
Instead, the actor is planning a special memorial service to celebrate the life of the Lost Boys star, which is expected to take place around April 2.
He added: “I will remain in Los Angeles quietly mourning and planning his memorial. As a sign of respect, I am asking the media to honour Corey Haim by making the same choice. I am working with a few people who were close to Corey to put a memorial together within the next month. At that time, the media will be invited to honour and celebrate the legacy he has left behind, along with friends, fans and the rest of the Hollywood community."
Unconfirmed reports claim the city of Toronto – Haim’s hometown - will pay for the actor’s funeral, while celebrity memorabilia website Startifacts have volunteered to donate US$20,000 to cover costs such as transportation of the body and the purchase of a headstone.
The money for the funeral will come from an auction of Haim’s belongings set to take place through the site in the coming weeks.
Haim died last Wednesday at the age of 38 of an apparent drug overdose while at his mother's Los Angeles apartment.
He reportedly had an enlarged heart, pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs at the time of his death.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office is awaiting results of toxicology tests and has not yet ruled out death by drug overdose.
source: newshub archive