After shooting to fame in the 1986 classic film Stand by Me, Phoenix died in 1993 at just 23 years of age, outside of the Viper Room club on Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip. Rumors first began of drug use when Phoenix filmed My Own Private Idaho, in which he played a gay hustler to critical acclaim. His death, from an overdose of cocaine and morphine, firmly secured his place in pop culture as a talented actor who died too early.
The heavyset comedian, who bounced in and out of rehab and frequently binged on food, alcohol, and drugs, finally succumbed to his addiction when he overdosed on cocaine and morphine in Chicago in 1997. According to his brother Tom Farley’s book, The Chris Farley Show, Chevy Chase gave Farley a stern warning before a Saturday Night Live reunion show, saying, "Look, you're not John Belushi. And when you overdose or kill yourself, you will not have the same acclaim that John did… You'll be a blip in the New York Times obituaries page, and that'll be it. Is that what you want?"