DATELINE: River of No Return
Died in 1993.
One of those shows about the last day of a celebrity includes a look at River Phoenix. He was also subject to the series Autopsy,but this widens the dredging to include many salacious suggestions. It’s called Final 24.
In case you didn’t know, River was incandescent, much like Marilyn Monroe, having some internal shine that overwhelmed a group of hangers-on and a generation of teen fans. He was surrounded by a bunch of slugs that weren’t smart enough to save him, and were dumb enough to think speedballs can be fun.
With an image of squeaky clean, River Phoenix (ne Bottom) was living a lie. He succumbed to anxiety, pressure, sexual temptations, and pretended to be healthy and environmentally friendly. He was, in fact, mixing drugs regularly.
With a carnival of Halloween costumed witnesses, he died in public on October 30, 1993.
If you want to know that he hated last costar Judy Davis and despised doing a love scene with her, this is your show. He waited till the last day of filming to do it, and he was dead within 8 hours. Miss Davis has no comment.
There are hints that he was a Method actor who never let a role end. If he was a rent boy in My Own Private Idaho, he was a hustler who used the same techniques with movie moguls. Keanu Reeves is not consulted.
He was supported two dozen family and friends—and could not extricate himself from parasites and Hollywood users.
He took, in his final hour, a dose 8 times stronger than humanly permissible of cocaine and heroin. They dumped him on the sidewalk outside the Viper Room and let him convulse to death before calling EMTs. Ten minutes likely was too long to wait—and it killed him.
Hot Chili Pepper Flea hints they were lovers (or friends) with no difference discernible.
River may have been a luminous talent, but squandered talent and self-destruction put an end to creativity in short order. He is for a later generation, their James Dean, and like the earlier one, speed killed, though not in the same way.Ri
Sometimes beauty is a passport to hell.