It happened pre-Internet, but it seemed like we all heard the news before the story went to press: on October 31st, , year-old River Phoenix died on a Sunset Strip sidewalk outside The Viper Room. The illusion of River Phoenix convinced us that his celebrity worship was not like other celebrity worship; how many times have we fallen for the same ruse, and how many times have we been punished for it? I have never felt as ugly as when looking at River. His beauty was its own form of self-possession. Like James Dean, he died within the dew of post-adolescence—a favored era for mythmakers—but this is where the comparisons end.
Here’s Who Was With River Phoenix the Night He Overdosed
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara's Relationship Timeline
By James Nye. Tragic: River Phoenix pictured here in was tipped for mega-stardom before his death two years later from a drugs overdose in LA. River Phoenix knew he was experiencing an overdose from a deadly cocktail of cocaine and heroin the night of his death at Johnny Depp's Los Angeles nightclub claims a friend of the actor who was there that fateful evening. As the world prepares to mark years since the death of Phoenix at the tragically young age of 23, his friend and former Helonious Monster front-man Bob Forrest has revealed the harrowing last moments before the actor collapsed. Unsteady on his feet and ghostly white, Forrest recalls how Phoenix turned to him on Halloween, and pleaded, 'I don't feel so good. I think I'm OD'ing' before he returned to the crowd to hear Depp's band play to only fall into a fit minutes later.
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara's Full Relationship Timeline
Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who went by the name Leaf in his younger years, has been a mainstay in the entertainment industry for decades. After a breakout performance in the film Parenthood , he went on to appear in more than a few box office hits, including Walk the Line and Gladiator. With a Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe awards underneath his belt, he's been heralded as the "most fascinating actor" in the movie business. The brilliance Joaquin displays on camera is unparalleled, but his private life is far less glamorous.
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara , two of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors, are also one of the most low-key power couples. Here are some highlights from their elusive romance, including how they reportedly just welcomed their first child, a son named River, together. June The year-old actor first worked with Mara on the set of the science-fiction romance Her.