River Phoenix – Cause of Death, Age of Death, and Other Facts!

River Phoenix died at age 23, too young. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding movie actor River Phoenix's death.

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?

River Phoenix's death was caused by drug overdose.

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


"When I was in first grade, everyone made fun of my name, of course. I think it's kind of a big name to hold up when you're nine years old. It seemed goofy. I used to tell people I wanted to change the world and they used to think, 'This kid's really weird'."

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"We were constantly moving to different countries and adjusting to new things. It was such a free feeling. I'm glad I didn't have a traditional upbringing."

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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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"Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace."

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"Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling."

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