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Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
I remember exactly where I was
when it came on the news that River had died.
I was nineteen, in the living room of the house
I was living in with my boyfriend of the time.
He didn't even know who River was,
so I called my mum and told her
what had happened.
I felt shock and loss, hard to explain.
Since then River occasionally comes to mind,
occasionally he is on TV
and when I see him he stays in my mind
for a while (in this case the, 'Stand By Me',
music video was on a music channel
a couple of days ago).
I never knew River, but I wish so much
that he was still alive.
What a terrible, terrible shame.
What a terrible, terrible waste.

Julie Thewlis - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
July 28, 2006

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