20 Years Since River Phoenix Checked Out


river phoenixHad he lived, River Phoenix would have been 43 years old and would have played every role that made Leo DiCaprio famous.

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denise
denise

River Phoenix died in 1993, Haloween day, while at the Viper Room in LA. He had been filiming one of his movies that day, "Dark Blood", and went to the club with his girlfriend, brother Jaquin, and sister Rain. While in the bathroom, someone he knew gave River a speedball, a mix

of deadly drugs. River had been hiding his drug problems from the public and his Agent. River wasn't considered someone who used every day and had been clean for about two months while making the movie Dark Blood. He returned to LA to shoot the interior scenes for the movie, but told someone that he was going back to "the bad, bad, city." He wanted out of the business after he had finished the rest of the movies in his contract. After taking the speedball, he felt sick immediately and vomited. He than told his brother and girlfriend that he didn't feel right, and they just kept saying that he will be ok to the people telling Juaquin to call 911. River then said, I need air. Get me outside!" River with his siblings and girlfriends got him out the back door of the Viper Room, the door you see with the black awning above it right on Sunset Blvd. he immediately fell down on the cement and started having seizures very violently. Crowds gathered and the owner of the liquor store next by told Juaquin to call 911. Juaquin finally did and they arrived in 3 min to try and save his life, but the cocaine stopped his heart. About 45 min had passed from when he took the drugs until his brother called 911. They said if he or someone else had just called immediately, River might have made it! So sad to lose this wonderful, very talented young man, whom everyone said was such a sweetheart. With the money he made from movies he spent on charities, and things that really mattered in life. He didn't drive a fancy car and was very humble.

Stoops
Stoops

I remember exactly where I was when I heard the, wait. No, i don't.

jaMES
jaMES

and  no one remembers...

rexdart936
rexdart936

atleast he died doing what he loved.  lets hope hicks and fez get to be so lucky.

Impostor
Impostor

ALL ABOARDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

THE SPEEDBALL EXPRESS!!!

thegoat64
thegoat64

Only thing i really remember him from is Wolfgang from Explorers...the Ethan Hawke tilt o whirl spaceship movie

Judge Smails
Judge Smails

He took an overdose of designer drugs at the Viper Room. He died on the curb outside. And now we're left with a hair-lipped reminder of what might have been.  - Richard Dreyfuss

sidwasout
sidwasout

Abe Lincoln would be 202. Makes you think.

edrooney
edrooney

He'll always be Chris Chambers to me.  I hope that movie holds up.  Haven't watched it in years.  It'd be a bummer if it didn't.

Binary Daoist
Binary Daoist

There is awesome rare video of River interviewing Flea on playing guitar... If you can get you hands on it watch it! Pretty awesome.

Smittymolly
Smittymolly

Here's part one. ow.ly/qnB2Y

Part two. ow.ly/qnBd0

There's several more, just go to YouTube and type in 'flea river Phoenix.

FLpro
FLpro

That had to of been devastating for Joaguin that day :\

AssWhack!
AssWhack!

John Candy would be 63 today.  I'd give 100 Iniana Jones and the Last Crusades or 100 Sneakers for one more Sumer Rental. There I said it.

johnbsr
johnbsr

Just a junkie. Play the game and pay the price. What a shame.