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Posted on: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Haim had prescription tied to drug ring


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Corey Haim

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LOS ANGELES Authorities say that when actor Corey Haim died, he had a fraudulent prescription that was linked to a major drug ring.

The California Attorney General's Office said yesterday it was investigating the drug ring and how Haim obtained the prescription.

The agency offered few details in a news release and a representative did not immediately return a call seeking more information.

Coroner's officials in Los Angeles County, where Haim died Wednesday, say four prescription drug bottles in the actor's name were found in an apartment where he collapsed.

The coroner's office would not state what medications were found, but said no illegal drugs were discovered.

JACKSON'S FURNITURE TO BE AUCTIONED OFF

LOS ANGELES The 22 pieces of custom-made furniture Michael Jackson commissioned for his London home are going on the auction block.

Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions said a gilded red velvet sofa that seats nine and a leopard-print chair trimmed with ostrich feathers are among the offerings. Jackson intended to use the furnishings during his "This Is It" comeback concert run in London.

Fans can visit a re-creation of the home at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood casino from June 14 to 25 before the items are sold.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, which provides health care and other services for struggling musicians, and Joshua's Heart, which aims to end world hunger.

LENO BACK TO BATTLING LETTERMAN

NEW YORK After a smashing return, Jay Leno appears headed to a battle with David Letterman for late-night television supremacy.

The Nielsen Co. says Leno averaged 5.6 million viewers last week, his first back at NBC's "The Tonight Show" following the ill-fated prime time experiment. Letterman had 3.7 million at CBS. Leno took advantage of curiosity over his return and a strong lineup of guests, including Olympic stars and Sarah Palin. It was a half-million more than he averaged his last season at "Tonight."

It's been much closer the second week. Through four nights, Leno averaged 4.3 million viewers and Letterman has 4 million. Considering Leno usually beat Letterman by a million and a half during their last season of competition, that's a sign of erosion for NBC's late-night franchise.