Carrie Fisher Tried To Help Corey Feldman Get Clean

By McCarton Ackerman 01/03/17

"She said to me, ‘Honey, I got to tell ya, this is your bail out. This is your chance to become clean and I can help you.'"

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Countless celebrities have come forward to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher in the wake of her passing, but only one has credited the actress with trying to save his life.

Corey Feldman, who starred alongside Fisher in the 1989 comedy film The ‘Burbs, told People magazine that she immediately approached him about his drug use at the beginning of filming. The ‘80s heartthrob was just 17 years old at the time, but had already begun descending towards a rock bottom that was clearly visible to Fisher.

“I was not at the best point in my life and I was about to go off the deep end to the dark side right before I became a heroin addict, and she saw it coming. She saw the darkness that was growing in me, but I didn’t understand it at that point,” said Feldman. “She said to me, ‘Honey, I got to tell ya, this is your bail out. This is your chance to become clean and I can help you. Or you can be in denial and you’re going to go down this long, hard road.’“

Feldman said he was in denial that there a problem, but “sure enough, a year later, I tried heroin for the first time and became an addict.” After battling addiction for several years, the actor eventually got sober and has remained that way for over 25 years. Feldman was even able to share the news with Fisher at an event 15 years ago.

“We did have a nice back and forth friendship, but unfortunately we never reconnected in the past decade, which is sad. I would have loved to have said goodbye,” said Feldman. “She was a beautiful and wonderful lady, and will be missed by many.”

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, at the age of 60. The Star Wars actress went into cardiac arrest while flying from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23. She was rushed to a California hospital and treated for a heart attack, but eventually died at the facility.

She struggled with substance use throughout her life that included cocaine, Percodan and sleeping pills. But after being diagnosed as bipolar at age 29, she eventually eschewed drugs for psychiatric treatment and became a mental health awareness advocate.

“I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple—just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive,” she told Diane Sawyer in an interview more than 20 years ago. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.”

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