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In Remembrances: 24th Anniversary Of River Phoenix’s Untimely Death At Age 23

Updated On 01 Nov, 2017 Published On

Tuesday, October 31 marks the 24th anniversary of late actor River Phoenix’s untimely death in 1993.

In the early morning hours on 31 October 1993, tragedy struck when River Phoenix died due to a drug overdose after he collapsed on the sidewalk outside of the Viper Room in L.A.

He was only 23-year old at the time he passed away but he made his mark on the world after appearing in many renowned films including Stand By Me (1986), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Running on Empty (1988). His final movie, Dark Blood, was completed in 2012.

In Remembrances: 24th Anniversary Of River Phoenix’s Untimely Death At Age 23

In Remembrances: 24th Anniversary Of River Phoenix’s Untimely Death At Age 23

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Those present at the scene included his girlfriend Samantha Mathis, and his younger brother, Joaquin as well.

The disbelief of Phoenix's friends, fans, and colleagues was expressed by his maternal grandmother, Margaret Dunetz, who was still unable to refer to him in the past tense- two days after her grandson’s death.

At the time, she told PEOPLE;

I’m in shock. I can’t describe what a wonderful kid he is. I can’t understand why—how—it could happen.

 In Remembrances: 24th Anniversary Of River Phoenix’s Untimely Death At Age 23

In Remembrances: 24th Anniversary Of River Phoenix’s Untimely Death At Age 23

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Three years before Phoenix's death, when his Stand by Me co-star Corey Feldman was busted for possession of heroin, he said;

It makes you realize drugs aren’t just done by bad guys and sleazebags; it’s a universal disease.

His role in the Interview With a Vampire was ultimately never filmed. It went to Christian Slater in the end.