updated 03/11/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/11/2010 AT 1:30 PM ET
Corey Haim apparently made a fatal mistake when he recently told Celebrity Rehab’s producers he had no interest in participating, the show’s host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, tells PEOPLE.
Pinsky, an addiction-medicine specialist, says that friends and associates of the former child actor – who died Wednesday at 38 – have told him for years that Haim needed help with recovery. Pinsky says he gave them his phone number but Haim never called.
Pinksy adds that although Haim has been to rehab facilities several times, “he wasn’t embracing treatment in any real way” and was only fooling himself when he told his show’s producers “I do not need help.”
“He’s dead. Do you need to know anything more?” Pinsky said.