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River Phoenix

Born: 1970-08-23 - Died: 1993-10-31
Cause of Death:
Drug Overdose


Death Summary: On Halloween, at the age of 23, Phoenix was partying at a nightclub in Hollywood with his brother Joaquin, his sister Rain, and actress Samantha Mathis, as well as other friends and drug dealers when he took a lethal combination of drugs that led to his overdose and ultimately his demise.

He took the infamous speedball (heroin/cocaine combo) and then snorted some "Persian Brown" which is a methamphetamine mixed with opiates. It was at this point that Phoenix began to feel ill and collapsed.

Joaquin called 911, but River had already stopped breathing and was unable to be resuscitated. They even tried a pacemaker once he was rushed to the hospital.

The club it all happened at was partially owned by Johnny Depp.

Who was River Phoenix : Though River Jude Phoenix was a singer-songwriter as those close to him are more familiar with, he will always be remembered as one hell of an actor who tragically died probably before his best work came to fruition.

Though he was in films such as My Own Private Idaho, That Thing Called Love, and Dogfight to name a few, he is probably most beloved for his role as the outcast kid with a big heart Chris Chambers in the time-honored film Stand By Me (based on the Stephen King story "The Body").

Apart from his movie career and his love for music, he also made a number of television appearances.

Website: http://www.river-phoenix.org/
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64 Signatures in River Phoenix's guestbook

  1. shoni millington Says:

    rip xxx

  2. luishem blue Says:

    rest in peace

  3. charlotte Says:

    GOD bless your soul River, rest in peace dear sweet soul.

  4. Igor Says:

    You’ll be in my memory for ever .

  5. Vanessa Singline Says:

    You are always alive in my heart!

    V xx

  6. Marcelo Says:

    Jajaja you re dead

  7. Zac Says:

    R.I.P. u were one great actor! I’m sure you would have continued to be #1!

  8. anna Says:

    RIP my soulfriend
    if only you read my littlle ghost(forums) page i made for you and your fans
    http://myfriendriver.yuku.com/

  9. afifa t stafford Says:

    YOUR LIFT WAS OVER TO SOON

  10. Audrey Says:

    I hope you have made peace with your self and your heart has mended…I miss you terriby…Hugs and kisses always

  11. Audrey Says:

    I hope you have made peace with your self and your heart has mended…I miss you terribly…Hugs and kisses always

  12. Aleksandra Says:

    I was 12 then…
    You were my first love from the screen:)
    I still love your talent…
    Love from Poland

  13. Diana Says:

    I´ll never forget you.

  14. Kenn Says:

    RIP…what a beautiful person…inside and out

  15. Joe Fazio Says:

    WEEP NOT FOR ME

    Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain…on the other side of darkness.

    Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

    I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

    Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
    in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

    Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
    I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

    Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me…
    with a smile and a sigh.

    © Joe Fazio
    ~ jfazio@gmail.com /Joe Fazio,

  16. jon Says:

    RIP river u will be missed

  17. Alicia Says:

    I will always love you! You are my angel….

  18. Joe Fazio Says:

    For River…

    WEEP NOT FOR ME

    Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain…on the other side of darkness.

    Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

    I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

    Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
    in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

    Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
    I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

    Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me…
    with a smile and a sigh.

    © Joe Fazio

  19. Nathalie Says:

    i love u River. You are the only one who have touched my heart, and it will never grow or go away. R.I.P … Angel…

  20. Tiffany Says:

    I cannot tell you enough how much I admired you. I will never forget you and the work you did.

  21. kayla Says:

    i hope you rest in peace rio!and we all miss you!you are such a sweet angel.Rest In Peace Sweetie

  22. SARAH Says:

    YOU WERE AN AWESOME ACTOR AND PERSON, I WILL MISS U GREATLY AND U WILL BE FOREVER IN MY MEMORY

  23. Rose Says:

    A beautiful soul, River was..
    “Young and strong Hollywood in the early morning light, his soul has torn away..”
    Too early to die, River… gone but not forgotten!

  24. waldir felicio dos santos Says:

    que pena que partiu tão cêdo, que Deus te acolha

  25. Celia Says:

    MY SOULMATE. <3
    Rip.

  26. Sonja K Says:

    Truly saddens me to this day You were so good at your work…I can only wonder what would of come of you if you were still here…You are truly misse…R.I.P.

  27. Miss River Phoenix Says:

    We will love you forever!
    Somestimes i just cry and cry and wish you were here with us…
    you was such a talent and if you didn’t die you would become more successful than elvis presley!
    Your hot, smart, great, pretty, intelligent and the best! Why did you started with drugs, they killed you! If you never started with the drugs you would still be alive!

    Oh fuck what i miss you!

  28. cynthia Says:

    R.I.P.LOVE ALWAYS

  29. maggie Says:

    you was so young,never forget you

  30. mel Says:

    I miss you River phoenix.Its been 17 years today. You would be 40.I never knew you,just admired you since I was about 13.I am 39 now and I still admire you.You are not forgotten and never will be.My thought are with his family and friends today.I wish them well.River you will live again, this I believe.Since you we have lost a Hutch and a Heath also. Say hello to them if you can. Rest well sweet man. All my love.

  31. Eva mercedesz Says:

    Who was River Phoenix???? Simply the best! Rest in Peace beautiful Angel. My heart is so broken…..I love you!

  32. marini bestarie Says:

    RIP, Mr Phoenix…..May Jesus mercy on u… RIP

  33. Danielle Says:

    Im still a massive fan of yours….RIP x

  34. Elizabeth Breeding Says:

    R.I.P River Phoenixs we will miss u

  35. CHRIS Says:

    I miss you only that words I can said.

  36. Helen Green Says:

    My first ever crush, I still remember hearing about your way too soon passing on the radio when I was 18, I still think of you and will always feel cheated out of the amazing performances I know you would have given us.

  37. Helen Says:

    Still remembered. Such a tragic loss

  38. joC Says:

    how sad for this son.. now to be lost in hell forever.. Suicidal and druggies are all heading to hell.. no questions ask!! He took his precious life to a place where he was not supposed.. all because the devil has covered their eyes with the truth.. 22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
    Prov 5:22-23 (KJV)

  39. Angiie23 Says:

    I love you River, you touched my life in so many ways. Rest In Peace

  40. niebell Says:

    Good person always be missed, like you. RIP River..

  41. Nicole Says:

    I have thought about you all these years and still do…..always will….I love you River…R.I.P xoxooxoxx

  42. Katie Gayheart Says:

    dear River,
    i loved you in Stand By Me.
    i look up to SO much, and i miss you, even though i wasn’t around when you were acting. rest in peace, River.
    -Katie

  43. Pamela Osburn Says:

    This is a real heartache such a waste.

  44. Eva Mercedesz Says:

    I Miss you so!

  45. Angelo carrubba Says:

    Still in my thoughts and prayers to family and friends..thanks for the moment in time your work will live forever..RIP..xo Angelobrooklyn

  46. Zoe_Phoenix Says:

    I Love you for the rest of my life

  47. Adrienne Bevington Says:

    We miss you and love you more than you’ll ever know,Riv.Hope to see you again. Love Always.RIP

  48. Adrienne Bevington Says:

    Miss you and love you still so very much,Riv.God Bless.R.I.P.

  49. Kelly V Says:

    I thnk he was sooooo cute and will be remembered by people for years to come, not to mention he was a very talented young man who died way too early. I hope that people remmebr him and remember the good things as well as take something away from this tragedy and that is to leave the hard drugs alone, well all drugs but most definately the hard stuff. You never know what you are getting out there from a dealer, anything could be mixed into what ou put in your body and I hope that anyone who reads this especially younger people will stay away from illegal street drugs. God bless you River, and I hope you are peaceful in your final resting place.

  50. Jnik DV Says:

    You will forever be missed. A truly talented actor who left us too soon. Parting is such a sweet sorrow, but this just temporary our paths will cross again..in the afterlife. RIP Riv…

  51. elenor Says:

    i sucks so much that you are not a part of this world… we lost a great actor:(

  52. Jason Says:

    Cut so young… I can relate. Death has many forms. God took the best because beauty is frugal. Feel no pain, remembrance is light.

    Rest in Peace.

  53. arlene scott Says:

    great actor loved stand by me, greatly missed xx

  54. Jason Says:

    Back again. You know I’m around. When the candle stops burning, I don’t forget. I’m a true believer. Been listening to some Marley tunes for ya. lol… And now, I think you give a little bit of life than what was taken away in you. And that’s hard to find.

  55. Tabi Says:

    Whoa I don’t want to beleve it was a drug overdose that killed him because I love River and he is amazing actor I don’t beleve he did that I can’t picture young inosent Chris Chambers doing that !!! :’( rest in peace River I love you XOXO

  56. Jason Says:

    I remember interview with a vampire. It seemed like a regular movie to me. I had no idea. I was 14 back then, now I’m 32. The Eternal River still flows.

    Love and RIP.

  57. Connie Vaughn Says:

    i love your movies river exspecialy stand by me one of the best movies ever i will always remember you when i was a teenager i had your pictures on my wall i couldn’t believe it when you died it was a sad day RIP river the river will always flow

  58. Jason Says:

    Poster child of the ’90s… whad up?

    Years since won’t change, still couldn’t drain…

  59. Melissa M. Heil Says:

    Dearest River, You will ‘never be forgotten’…
    Rest in peace, Sweetheart…

  60. Jason Says:

    If someone through a bob marley shirt into the river and noone was there, would it still make a sound?

  61. Titta Says:

    Rest In Peace dear River. You were the most amazing actor I’ve ever seen and your music was and IS still warming my heart. I hope you are happy. I’ll always remember the day you died as the day of the most beautiful waterfalls xoxo

  62. Sama Says:

    Happy Halloween and R.I.P my dear

  63. Jason Says:

    As the expression goes, get busy livin or get busy dyin – and what lies inbetween, indefinite and beyond are the unpredictable banks of the River.

  64. william lee Says:

    u will be missed a lot


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