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River Phoenix had a private funeral with only 60 mourners, but photos went public after a reporter broke into the funeral home and took this picture of him, which the reporter sold to the National Enquirer. Phoenix died outside Hollywood's Viper Room from an overdose of cocaine and morphine in 1993, at the young age of 23.

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"I spent quite a few hours on the streets in Portland between eight and four in the morning. If anything, they thought 'this is another cat who's trying to take my spot on the street.' There was maybe a little curiosity, but never any animosity or jealousy. The next step would be to just open the door and get in. That's when I'd tell them to f*** off." ~River Phoenix on preparing for My Own Private Idaho

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Cause of death considered, Marvin Gaye SHOULD be the weirdest, but that pic of River Phoenix is haunting

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Child actors who died young include some of the most recognizable names in Hollywood, as well as some who starred on stage and screen many decades ago. All of (Page

This may seem harsh its difficult to see the pictures of River in his casket, he just looks out of character from how he usually is, to see his short dyed black hair it just wasn't him.He didn't look peaceful. Why? I question myself, Why? do so many people resort to drugs? why must they feel the need to drown themselves in the addiction? How would our lives be different if that one Halloween night he didn't take those drugs? If his kind hearted, fragile heart didn't stop beating? I miss him.

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The five Phoenix kids (River, Rain, Joaquin, Summer, and Liberty) featured on the cover of Vegetarian Times

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River Phoenix as Devo and Tracey Ullman as Rosalie. My favorite line of the whole movie (I Love You To Death) Devo: "Why? Your heart doesn't know how old you are." (Jessica Ransford)

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