Samantha Mathis, the actress who was dating River Phoenix at the time of her death, gave an in-depth interview about the night the young promising actor died on October 30, 1993.
The 48-year-old American star broke her silence to The Guardian for a piece called & # 39; The untold story of the lost star River Phoenix, 25 years after his death & # 39 ;, which includes reflections from other Hollywood heavyweights who worked with Phoenix, as Rob Reiner, who led Phoenix in 1986 Stay with me.
Mathis was only 23 years old, the same age as Phoenix, when he died on the sidewalk outside The Viper Room, the nightclub owned by Johnny Depp on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
She said she had a strange feeling when she and Phoenix entered the club with their brothers, Leaf (now known as Joaquin Phoenix) Y Rain. Mathis thought they would just leave them and then they would go home, "but when we arrived, he said:" Oh, there are people playing music tonight at the club that wants me to play with them, that's okay. " right? "he recalled.
"I knew something was wrong that night, something I did not understand," he said. "I did not see anyone using drugs, but he was drugged in a way that made me feel uncomfortable, it was way over my head."
In any case, I did not think they were in the Viper room for long. "Forty-five minutes later, he was dead," she said through tears.
Mathis, who starred with Phoenix in one of his last films, 1993 The thing called love – Describe in more detail what happened that night.
"I knew he was drugged that night, but the heroine who killed him did not happen until he was in the Viper Room, I have my suspicions about what was happening, but I did not see anything," he said, revealing. They parted briefly at the club when she went to the bathroom.
When he came out, he saw Phoenix in what appeared to be a fight with another man, and a security guard trying to get them out of the club. By the time he was on the street, he saw Phoenix fall to the ground and begin to convulse. She left him briefly to search for the Phoenix brothers inside the club, and when they returned, Joaquin called 911, sobbing. "He's having seizures! Come here please, please, because he's dying, please!" He said in the call that was leaked to the media.
When the paramedics arrived, Phoenix had died of an overdose of cocaine and heroin.
Mathis had not spoken publicly about his memory of tonight, "except with my therapist," he said. She recently went back to watch her movie The thing called loveand shortly after journalist Hadley Freeman approached her for guardian piece. She said she felt "as if the universe wanted me to talk about him."
The actress, who went on to play the adult Amy in Little woman and starred American PsychoHe also shared other memories of his time with Phoenix. She said they met when they were 19 and he smoked a cigarette at a club in Los Angeles. "This sounds incredibly cheesy, but I knew I would be with him someday, he just felt terrible among us, and there was so much chemistry."
She recalled the moments they spent with her family in Florida and Costa Rica: "We just went out with her brothers and we became children," she said crying. "He was so good at dating."
As to how he remembers it, Mathis used the words "sensitive and obsessive". He was an actor who tried to avoid everything Hollywood was throwing at him, he thought he could use his profile forever, but in the end his death at age 23 meant that he had a tragic Hollywood ending.
And if he were still alive today, Mathis believes he would be "acting, directing, saving the environment, simply living and hanging out."
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