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River Phoenix dies 23 years old

River Phoenix DeathRiver Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 - October 31, 1993) was an American film actor. He was listed on John Willis's Screen World, Vol. 38 as one of twelve "promising new actors of 1986", and was hailed as highly talented by such critics as Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. He was the older brother of actors Joaquin Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

River Phoenix's Cause of Death
On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed from a drug overdose of heroin and cocaine (known as a speedball) outside the Viper Room, a Hollywood night club partially owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. On the night of Phoenix's death, River was to perform onstage with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At some point in the evening Phoenix went to the bathroom to take drugs with various friends and dealers. It is reported that an acquaintance offered him some Persian Brown (a powerful form of methamphetamine mixed with opiates, which is then snorted) and soon after consuming the drug he became ill. Upon leaving The Viper Room, he collapsed onto the sidewalk and began convulsing for eight minutes. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain and actress Samantha Mathis were at the scene. Joaquin dialed 911; during the call Joaquin was unable to determine whether River was breathing. River had, in fact, already stopped breathing. Paramedics arrived on the scene and found Phoenix in asystole (flatline), when they administered drugs in an attempt to restart his heart. He was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via an ambulance. Further attempts to resuscitate Phoenix (including the insertion of a pacemaker) were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m. PST on the morning of October 31, 1993.

River Phoenix (White Shirt) - Stand By Me

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and to think how different the world would be if river phoenix were still here. he was ahead of his time. he was exploiting the system and sharing his concerns of the world. my generation lost a defining member when we lost river. now we have manufactured and reality celebrity. we miss your presense in the world, sweet river.

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cindy Pekarek My prayers go out to the family of River phoenix due to the tragic death with drugs. God heals pain sorrow and loss of a loved one. May we all remember not to allow ourselves to use substances such as Heroin speedballs and cocaine. Why do we allow ourselves to mess with these drugs. My prayers go out to those who are not aware of the outcome of what they do when messing around with these drugs. Blessings to you Cindy

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Gosh, I miss him and wish he hadn't fallen into the hollywood cult of drugs

I wish he hadent

I wish he hadent

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Babz Miller Great talent, killer looks, smart as hell, yet got sucked into the Hollyweird drug shit, too bad so sad. Another "Rebel" w/o a clue!

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that sucks to watch your brother die in front of you and you are helpless because there is nothing you can do

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I think this is why Joaquin is so screwed up.. And I bet he is an addict as well.And it's a shame too Jaoquin is a very good actor and handsome as all get out without that dammed beard and hair style..I wish he would get his act together..!!

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devastated. i watched stand by me and it proved he was gonna be no.1. what a tradegy

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R.I.P He was great at his age

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What a waste-still breaks my heart, even after all these years;(

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