Source: Crazy Days and Nights
This actress was A- list at her peak a few decades ago.
Everyone knows she was at the scene for one death of an actor, but not many people know she was present for another actor’s death too. People were scared of her and didn’t want to work with her after that second death which has caused her career to go from headed to A+ list to B- working in films most people don’t see.
Samantha Mathis Speaks Out About the Night Boyfriend River Phoenix Died 25 Years Later
Samantha Mathis is opening up about the tragic night her boyfriend, actor River Phoenix, died in 1993 on Halloween at the age of 23.
The American Psycho actress was with Phoenix and his younger brother Joaquin Phoenix when the Running on Empty actor died of a drug overdose outside of the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
Mathis, 48, told The Guardian in a phone interview that she accompanied Phoenix to the Viper Room, a Los Angeles club then-owned by Johnny Depp.
The actress said she thought they were there to drop off his siblings “but when we arrived he said to me, ‘Oh, there are some people playing music tonight in the club who want me to play with them — that’s Okay, right?’”
Mathis admitted to the publication the idea didn’t sit right with her, saying, “I knew something was wrong that night, something I didn’t understand. I didn’t see anyone doing drugs but he was high in a way that made me feel uncomfortable — I was in way over my head.”
“Forty-five minutes later, he was dead,” Mathis said.
On the night of Phoenix’s death, Mathis said she “knew he was high that night, but the heroin that killed him didn’t happen until he was in the Viper Room.”
“I have my suspicions about what was going on, but I didn’t see anything,” she told the publication, adding she had gone to the bathroom before seeing the actor pushed out of the club by a bouncer.
It was at that moment Mathis said she saw Phoenix collapse on the ground. It was Joaquin who called 911. – Source