On the same day that Corey Haim, the 1980s child TV star, was being laid to rest, the Los Angeles Fire Department released a recording of the 911 call made by his mother, Judy, while he lay dying on their apartment floor.
During the call, Judy tells a dispatcher that her son suddenly fell to the ground while walking to the bathroom.
"He all of a sudden got out of bed," Judy said, "He wanted to go to the bathroom and he fell and I put him on the bed and then that was it, his eyes went backwards."
Click on the video at left to listen to the call.
The 911 operator instructs Judy to put Haim on the ground and takes her through the steps of administering CPR.
"Oh my God, I don't know if I am doing this right," Judy cries. "I am alone with my son and I don't know what I am doing. I am doing it and I don't think it's helping at all. I am pressing, but he is not moving."
The call lasts 10 minutes. Judy repeatedly asks where the paramedics are, cries and calls out to her son, whom she calls "Core."
"Please, Core, come on, honey," she says. "Core, Core, please honey, come on, baby."
Judy also tells the operator that Haim had a fever and a cold earlier that morning, which could mean that he was taking multiple prescription drugs to battle his symptoms.
At the time of his death Haim was living in a Burbank apartment with his mother, who has breast cancer.
Today not only marks the release of Judy's 911 call, it was also the day of Haim's funeral, held in his native Toronto at Steeles Memorial Chapel.
Corey Feldman, Haim's best friend, did not attend; news reports said that Judy had asked him not to come to minimize media coverage.
"In the days following my best friendCory Haim's death," Feldman said in a statement released Sunday, "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."
Feldman posted a letter to Haim on his blog. It is titled "A Letter for the Grave," and in it, Feldman reminisces about better times when they were child actors together and laments that he couldn't have done more to save his friend's life.
"I always feared this day would come," Feldman wrote. "My mission in life became saving yours. I never gave up, I tried…I walked away, but I always came back, to let you know I was there. In a dark and lonely world with spiteful angry people we always understood each others pain."
"My heart is so broken," Feldman continued. "And I know there are so many who feel the same way I do. We will remember your spirit and your fans will help me keep your legacy alive. I pray that you are safe and finally filled with peace. I love you."
In the letter, Feldman also mentions the public memorial he has said he is planning for Haim.
"I will do my very best to help give you a memorial that is a celebration of your life the way you would have wanted it – with everybody laughing and rocking out."
Feldman's second cousin, Maytal Kotler, who attended Haim's funeral, told the Toronto Star that the 45-minute service was "very sad but with a lot of laughter." She said that the chapel was full to capacity, with over 200 mourners inside.