Despite their close friendship, Corey Feldman says he will not attend Corey Haim‘s funeral in Toronto.

“In the days following my best friend Corey Haim’s death, I have spent much time with his mother Judy, who has always been like a mother to me. I would love nothing more than to be by her side at Corey’s funeral, however, due to their strong religious beliefs and need for privacy, the family has decided to make Corey’s funeral on Tuesday a small private affair.”

Feldman says he will be respectful of the family’s wishes and not to attend.

“Instead, I will remain in Los Angeles quietly mourning and planning his memorial. As a sign of respect, I am asking the media to honor Corey Haim by making the same choice. I am working with a few people who were close to Corey to put a memorial together within the next month. At that time, the media will be invited to honor and celebrate the legacy he has left behind, along with friends, fans and the rest of the Hollywood community.”

In related news, Haim, who died of an apparent overdose last week, has been linked to an illegal prescription drug ring that is now under investigation by California State Attorney General Jerry Brown. An unauthorized prescription under Haim’s name was found during an ongoing investigation of fake prescription-drug pads from a vendor in San Diego.