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Dan Aykroyd

River Phoenix died 25 years ago. He's still slipping away from us.

River Phoenix died 25 years ago. He's still slipping away from us.

Here, on the corner of Sunset and Larrabee, River Phoenix was carried out of the darkened recesses of the Viper Room nightclub in the early hours of Halloween 25 years ago. "He was essentially liquid," one witness said. He died on the sidewalk where he collapsed, a victim of metabolized heroin, cocaine and Hollywood excess.

He was 23. He is forever 23.

In those 23 years, Phoenix managed to be many things. He was a star - a serious actor with an Oscar nod for "Running on Empty," and a cult following for "Stand by Me," but also a heartthrob staple of Tiger Beat. He was a staunch environmentalist somewhat ahead of his time, and an outspoken animal...

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