Then 18, Di Caprio idolized Phoenix, whose industry cred had only risen when he played a street hustler in “My Own Private Idaho.” Di Caprio couldn’t get close enough to talk to Phoenix, but he did get a good look at his face.
“He was beyond pale — he looked white,” the actor recalled.
River Phoenix was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai at a.m.
Only later did Depp learn that it was Phoenix who had died outside his club. Depp, who had friends in common with Phoenix, had it unhinged and sent to the Phoenixes in Florida.
Phoenix toted his guitar to the club that night, but his buddy Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, told him that all the space on the stage was taken, with Depp leading a roster of performers.
So he headed back to the table to share the evening with girlfriend Samantha Mathis and his brother and sister.
It was a liquid speedball, a mix of cocaine and heroin. Edwards speculates that if an ambulance had been called at that moment, Phoenix might have been saved.His stand-out movies included “The Mosquito Coast” with Harrison Ford and a role as young Indiana in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in 1988’s “Running on Empty.” He played the son of a fugitive family living underground. On Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” where he and Keanu Reeves played street kids hustling gay men for money, Phoenix took the role seriously enough to research hard drugs.One production assistant, Matt Ebert, says there was “rampant heroin use” on the set.John believed Hollywood was corrupt and evil and wanted River to quit. 31, 1993, the star told his young sister and brother to go have fun listening to Depp play The Viper Room. Phoenix, meanwhile, would blow off opportunities like “Reality Bites,” which did so much for Ethan Hawke’s career, and then accuse his agency of hiding scripts from him. Then, suddenly River changed his mind, grabbed his guitar and .