Of all the beautiful boys of his generation, he was the one who meant the most: the most intense, the most intriguing, the most talented, the one who mattered. I cried openly after seeing Running On Empty as I have never done at another film. It may seem paradoxical to state that this was a performance of unique authenticity. It moved me. River Phoenix died 25 years ago aged just 23. It was and remains an utterly tragic death, a terrible loss to acting and cinema. Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace River.