A new book, out this month, is doing the same.
Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind
is a gutting, in-depth look at the young actor's short life, particularly the night that changed everything. Journalist Gavin Edwards interviewed Phoenix's friends and peers to build a picture of the man behind the camera lens, and the result is an upsetting yet fascinating story. Read an exclusive excerpt below, and afterwards, we won't blame you if you get the sudden urge to pop in Stand By Me.
Excerpted from Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind, by Gavin Edwards, published with permission from IT Books/HarperCollins Publishers.