March 17th, 2010
02:36 PM ET

Attorney general: Arrest made in Haim's death

An arrest has been made in connection with the investigation of actor Corey Haim's death, a spokesman for California's attorney general said Wednesday.

Attorney General Jerry Brown is not revealing details of the arrest, his office said, but it comes soon after he revealed that pharmacy records show the actor got thousands of dangerous pills from dozens of doctors in the last year.

Brown also said last week that Haim's death was linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring."

Although the actor's family said Haim had reduced his drug use to near zero, Brown said March 12 in an interview on HLN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" that he didn't see "any zero pill consumption."

"If he took all the pills that our records show he was prescribed over the last year and three months, he took very damaging assaults on his body," Brown said.

Haim, 38, had pneumonia, an enlarged heart and water in his lungs when he died March 10, Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner Ed Winter said. But a drug overdose cannot be ruled out until toxicology results are completed, which will likely be in several weeks, Winter said.
State investigators know that Haim obtained "massive amounts" of legal drugs "in what looks to me like a questionable manner because of so many doctors," Brown said.

"How many people go to 10 or 15 or 20 doctors and then run around to 10, 12 and more pharmacies to go fulfill them, and sometimes two different doctors in the same day?" Brown asked.

Haim's most recent prescription was filled on March 5 for Vicodin, he said.

"In the weeks before that, more Vicodin, more Valium and other things," Brown said. The former child actor also obtained Oxycontin last year, he said.

"If you go back to 2009, you're talking thousands of pills," he said.  "You're talking many, many doctors. I doubt if they know about each other.  You're talking about many, many pharmacies."

The 1980s teen movie star died last Wednesday after collapsing at the Los Angeles apartment he shared with his mother.

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  1. juney

    It was reported Corey Haim was broken when he died, so how could he have purchased thousands of pills and dozens of pharmacies? And why is Jerry Brown expounding his wisdom on this subject before the autopsy has come in. Final question – why a quick arrest in Haim's case, yet it took the AG and the LA DA many months to arrest Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson and then charge him with practically nothing; Mr. Brown, "doctor" Murray had best get what he deserves, and MJ's family the justice it deserves, if you want the voters of Cal to support you. Nothing less with suffice.

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