River Phoenix’s Death: Cause, Place, Age, and More!

River Phoenix Death

The movie actor River Phoenix passed away at age 23, too young.

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?

Drug Overdose caused River Phoenix's death in 1993.

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


"I've been wanting to go into music ever since I can remember. I mean even before I became an actor. I just thought it would be a tough field to break into, so I became an actor instead."

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"Music is a hobby, because I'm not making any money out of it, but I put just as much conviction into that as I do into my acting."

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"I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast. I know it wasn't such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I'd ever done."

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"It's a great feeling to think that I can be a friend to so many people through my movies."

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"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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