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The Word, August 2006 - Issue 42

It's a UK magazine. River was briefly featured in an article entitled "Young, gifted and... dead", listing talented people who died before the age of 30. Other "nominees" include Thomas Chatterton, Tutankhamon, James Dean, Keats and Nick Drake.

The same issue also featured the following snippet in a humoristic quizz page, listing a handful of celebrity trivia, one of which is totally bogus. That month's theme was child stars.

River Phoenix's father was originally called John Bottom before joing the Children of God cult, undergoing the name change and becoming the self-styled "Bishop of Venezuela". The child actor, who died outside Johnny Depp's Viper Room nightclub, was christened River Bottom.

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