This is a community,' but I think the moment my parents realized there was something more to it, they got out," he told.
The family eventually settled in California, later dropping their surname of Bottom and adopting the last name Phoenix, before pushing the Joaquin and his siblings into the entertainment industry.
With a bright career ahead of him, it seemed River was making a seamless transition from child star into more mature roles, but before he could realize his full potential, the young man died of a drug overdose after consuming a "speedball" — heroin and cocaine dissolved into a drink, followed by a Valium — outside of Hollywood's legendary Viper Room on Oct. He was just 23 years old, It was Joaquin who made the chilling 911 call to plead for emergency help on that fateful night, as their sister, Rain, attempted to revive River by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
River was making a name for himself after appearing in the 1986 film .Although his nerves get the best of him from time to time, that's not stopping him. We can't imagine how difficult it must be for his loved ones, including his girlfriend, actress Rooney Mara, when he goes off the grid as his filming schedule kicks in.We can't help but wonder if completely losing himself within his roles is such a good idea, especially since we're aware of how his method-acting tends to take a negative toll on him. His reputation as a critically-acclaimed actor is well-deserved.Phoenix called the reports of a meltdown "bulls**t," and said he was tired of the media correlating his own brother's death to his work."You know, the press has kind of imposed upon me the title of Mourning Brother, and because I haven't been vocal about it, the assumption is that I'm holding onto it and all this s**t that's just not there.
It was all acting — so he said — but others believe there to be a bit of truth to the rumors that Joaquin's life was in a downward spiral, because after the movie wrapped…