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Child Star Deaths A Safe Bet

Corey as a teen heartthrob

Corey as a teen heartthrob

Thursday, March 11, 2010 17:19 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Grim Reaper really has it out for former child stars.

Since ’80s icon Corey Haim died unexpectedly yesterday (Mar. 10) and Growing Pains actor Andrew “Boner” Koenig was found dead in Vancouver last month, it seems like death is calling for former kid stars.

And the dark “rule of three” states that stars die in trifectas.

Kelly Bakst, who runs the celebrity death pool website Stiffs.com, says there’s a good chance another child star will croak soon, especially since they tend to have serious issues.

He explains, “A child star is a safe bet in a death pool. They’ve usually lost their way because they’ve had a taste of celebrity life and can’t live a normal life. As a result, they have issues with drugs.”

Bakst says troubled child stars like Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges might want to take it easy before they fall victim to the rule of three.