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River Phoenix May Have Been Sexually Abused While His Parents Were in a Cult | He Was a Promising Actor Who Died Young
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River Phoenix May Have Been Sexually Abused While His Parents Were in a Cult | He Was a Promising Actor Who Died Young

The cult "believed that [sleeping with someone] was a sacrament, and that sort of everyone should be engaged in it."

Cover Image Source: IMDb | River Phoenix in Running on Empty (1988)
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Trigger Warning: This story talks about child and drug abuse that may be disturbing to readers. 

On October 31, 1993, River Phoenix was at a club that was owned by his friend and fellow actor Johnny Depp. He was at The Viper Room with his sibling, Rain, and Joaquin. At the club, River reportedly mixed a couple of drugs, causing him to seize violently. He was taken outside while Joaquin called 911. His sister tried to stop his seizures but in vain. 

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Eventually, River lost consciousness and passed soon after. He was 23 years old at the time of his death. 

Here's the thing, River was meant for great things in life. He was nominated for an Oscar by the age of 18 for his role in Running On Empty. Unfortunately, he didn't live long to see his career succeed. Like many other actors who departed too soon, it's safe to say that River's life was filled with trauma, probably from his childhood spent traveling in a cult, per Ranker.