How River Phoenix Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

River Phoenix reached the too young age of 23 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous movie actor.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Former child actor who starred in Stand by Me and earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in Running on Empty. He also played young Indiana Jones in the 1989 blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He tragically died of a drug overdose at the young age of 23.

Growing up, he and his family spent time living with a religious cult called the Children of God. At age ten, he began acting in TV commercials.

His last film was the drama feature Dark Blood. Filming wasn’t completed due to his death and the feature remained incomplete for 19 years before it was finally pieced together and shown at the Netherlands Film Festival in September 2012.

How did River Phoenix die?

River Phoenix's death was caused by Drug Overdose.

Information about the death of River Phoenix
Cause of deathDrug Overdose
Age of death23 years
ProfessionMovie Actor
BirthdayAugust 23, 1970
Death dateOctober 31, 1993
Place of deathWest Hollywood, California, United States
Place of burialN/A


"Everything is ironic to me. There are moments I find hysterical, but I'm probably the only one who would find that, except for a few people."

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"I'd like to play every type of character, but only once. I like to expierence things."

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"When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard."

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"Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn't know what the words meant."

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"I try to lie as much as I can when I'm interviewed. It's reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they'll print the truth."

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