River died on the sidewalk in front of the Viper Room (owned by Johnny Depp) while Joaquin held him. I don't know how (legally) Joaquin was even let into the club as he was only 18 or 19 at the time, but laws are apparently made to be broken in LaLa Land. At least River didn't die alone as so many celebrities seem to be doing lately.....I know. I enjoyed River's performance in Indiana Jones and The last Crusade. He has a brother, Joaquin Phoenix. You may have seen him in an M night Shyamalan production called Signs. He's been in other things too, I'm just not able to recall right now.