25 Years After The Death Of River Phoenix, New Light Has Been Shed On The Star’s Forgotten Legacy

To some, River Phoenix was the epitome of the live fast, die young lifestyle. But those closest to the actor – who tragically died shortly after his 23rd birthday – remember a very different personality. Now, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of his death, Phoenix’s former girlfriend has painted a new picture of the tortured artist’s final hours.

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To say that River Phoenix had a difficult upbringing would be an understatement. Born to hippie parents, the future star lived at the mercy of the cult Children of God. Through the sect, Phoenix endured a life full of nomadic uprooting, bouts of poverty and – most alarmingly – sexual abuse.

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