PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Lost Boys' actor Corey Haim dead at age 38

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob whose career was blighted by drug abuse, has died. He was 38.

Haim died early Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.

''As he got out of bed, he felt a little weak and went down to the floor on his knees,'' Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. His mother called paramedics.

An autopsy will determine cause of death. There was no evidence of foul play, police Sgt. Michael Kammert said.

Haim, who gained attention for roles in ''Lucas'' and ''The Lost Boys,'' had flulike symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, police Sgt. William Mann said.

''He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs,'' Mann said. ''He has had a drug problem in the past.''

Haim was taken by ambulance to the hospital from an apartment in Los Angeles near Burbank.

His friend, Corey Feldman, said he wept when he heard the news.

''This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family and best friend,'' he said in a statement. ''We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference.

''I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived,'' Feldman said.

Charlie Sheen due back on CBS show

LOS ANGELES -- A spokesman for Charlie Sheen said the actor will soon be back at ''Two and a Half Men'' after undergoing rehab that temporarily halted production of CBS' top-rated sitcom.

Publicist Stan Rosenfield said Sheen will be returning to work and shooting will resume next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Last month, Rosenfield announced that Sheen had voluntarily entered a rehab facility ''as a preventative measure.'' He didn't specify why Sheen was seeking treatment.

The 44-year-old actor still faces legal problems arising from a fight with his wife in Aspen, Colo., in December. The most serious charge carries a maximum three-year prison term.

Sheen hasn't entered a plea. He is due back in court Monday.