River Phoenix: There was nothing average about River Phoenix, from being raised in the Children of God sect to his early rise to artistic and popular fame. By the age of 18, Phoenix had worked with directors Rob Reiner and Peter Weir, starred alongside Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for his supporting role in the Sidney Lumet film Running on Empty. His passion for music and promising future in film were cut short in October 1993 when Phoenix accidentally overdosed on a fatal mix of heroin and cocaine outside the Viper Room club in West Hollywood.
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