Joaquin Phoenix Called 911 After His Brother River’s Fatal Overdose in 1993
It’s been 25 years since Academy Award-nominated actor River Phoenix died aged just 23. On Halloween night 1993, the star passed away outside an L.A. hotspot, The Viper Room, after a drug overdose. River’s younger brother, actor Joaquin Phoenix, called 911 outside the club in a desperate bid for help. In the weeks after River’s death, the people who say they knew him best spoke to Inside Edition about his rise to fame and his tragic demise.