Corey Haim and 10 Other Troubled 1980s Child Stars

Two decades after finding stardom, many of the stars of the 1980s are falling apart.

Eighties teen heartthrob Corey Haim died from an apparent accidental drug overdose Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The 38-year-old actor, best known for his roles in "License to Drive" and "The Lost Boys," struggled with cocaine and Valium addictions throughout his life and reportedly went to rehab more than 15 times.

In a 2007 interview with "Nightline," Haim, who most recently starred in the A&E reality series "The Two Coreys" with fellow '80s icon Corey Feldman, spoke about fighting his drug addiction.

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"I feel like ... I ruined myself to the point where I wasn't functional enough to work for anybody, even myself. I wasn't working," Haim said. "You know, if I'm not working, how anybody else can expect me to work for them if I'm not working. I mean physically working. My brain wasn't working."

Stories like Haim's are not uncommon among a coterie of child stars from 1980s TV and movies. Below, check out the tales of ten others who ended up plagued with problems.

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Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig

While audiences probably remember Andrew Koenig best for his role as Richard "Boner" Stabone on the 1980s sitcom "Growing Pains," his more lasting contribution may be helping to lift the lid off depression.

Koenig, 41, committed suicide in February after going missing in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father, Walter Koenig, announced the news at a press conference Feb. 26: "My son took his own life."

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Walter Koenig, also an actor who played Chekov on "Star Trek," later wrote on his Web site that his son "passed away after a long battle with depression."

Koenig's parents have been vocal about their son's struggle with depression and continued to speak out about it following his death.

"The only thing I want to say is if you're one of those people who feel that you can't handle it anymore, if you can learn anything from this it's that there are people out there who really care," Walter Koenig said. "You may not think so, and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people that really, really care. Before you make that final decision, check it out again; talk to somebody."

Tracey Gold

Tracey Gold

Koenig's "Growing Pains" co-star, Tracey Gold, battled her own deamons. Gold rocketed to teen stardom after being cast as Carol Seaver in the series.

But while she thrived on TV, behind the scenes, Gold struggled with anorexia. In 1992, her mother, Bonnie Gold, told People magazine that she burst into tears when she visited her daughter on the "Growing Pains" set in 1985 and was shocked to find she had wasted away to 90 lbs.

After seeking treatment in the early '90s, Gold transitioned from "Growing Pains" to acting in TV movies. But in 2004, she was arrested for driving under the influence after she rolled her SUV, carrying her husband and her three young sons, down a California highway embankment.

Gold's 7-year-old son, Sage, sustained the worst injuries, a broken clavicle and a head wound. The actress spent five hours in prison before being released on $50,000 bail. Gold later plead guilty to a felony DUI charge and was sentenced to one month in a work release program, 240 hours of community service, and three years of probation.

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