Behind the myth
An episode from the series TOO YOUNG TO DIE
At only 14, River Phoenix celebrates his breakthrough in the Stephen King's adaption "Stand by Me". The film is a box-office hit and River becomes the idol of an entire generation.
What exactly happened on the night of October 30, 1993, remains unclear to this day. He is set to play with his band in Johnny Depp’s Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard. River Phoenix dies of a speedball overdose on the sidewalk outside the club.