In the nearly three decades since River Phoenix’s death, his younger brother Joaquin has followed in his sibling’s footsteps to become a celebrated actor in his own right. The latter was with his brother on the night he succumbed to a fatal drug overdose, and he’s barely spoken about River’s death until now.
River was one of the most exciting actors of his generation. After his breakout role in the 1986 film Stand by Me, the teenager went on to become an Oscar nominee for his performance in Running on Empty two years later. However, River’s career – and his life – was cut tragically short when he died of a drug overdose in 1993.