Following the death of child star Corey Haim the world once again has it's eyes on Tinsel Town as minor celebrities and reality TV stars compete in a manic attempt to contract the fatal Star Flu and be once more catapulted into the glare of the media if only for a short time.
Star Flu, a mixture of influenza and prescription drugs has always been a low level celebrity fatality only appearing occasionally in the autopsy reports but following the high profile death of Heath Ledger in 2008 and Brittany Murphy in 2009 its status has gathered momentum over the classics such as choking on vomit, Heroin overdose and the more recent Stranglewank. Before Haim's death it was thought that Star Flu could only be contracted by successful actors but now authorities fear the floodgates have been opened for every budding celebrity and has been.
26 year old Brian Johnson who appeared briefly in American Idol in 2006 told of his daily routine to try and become infected "I usually get up early and have a freezing cold shower and don't bother towelling off, then I'll go to the train station and shake hands with a lot of people whether they want to or not before rifling through the bins for used tissues. I couldn't believe the good news that Corey Haim was a carrier as he only lives a few blocks away from me so I've already been round to his house to lick his front door handle, my throat feels a little sore so now so I'm going home to take a cocktail of painkillers"
Star Flu has also caught the eye of the once successful older actor who feel with the benefit of old age on their side they are a likely candidate. Diane Taylor, who starred in a number of films in the 1960's but has since only been seen in bit parts and adverts however has denied that she had any interest in the disease. "I know all about it of course but it's not for me, all that sneezing and phlegm is very undignified and you know everyone's doing it now. A friend of mine Patrick Mowen has all the symptoms and he's been flaunting it all over town like a tattered boa, turning up at every function coughing and spluttering, the luvvies are lapping it up of course, literally in some cases"