The founding member and the bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea has commemorated the former guitarist of the band and the actor River Phoenix while celebrating his birthday.

The iconic guitarist Flea has taken Instagram to wish a happy birthday to his ex-bandmate River Phoenix, who passed away 27 years ago and devastated countless people with his death. On his latest Instagram post, Flea said about River that he was always the teacher, despite being younger than Flea. The guitarist added that he will always love River.

The older brother of award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix and one of the most influential multi-talents, River Phoenix began his acting career at age 10 along with showing an instinctive talent for the guitar. He had his first notable role in 1986’s ‘Stand by Me‘, a coming-of-age film based on the novella ‘The Body’ by Stephen King.

With his role in ‘Running on Empty‘, River earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Maintaining his musical career with the band ‘P‘, which featured his friends Flea, Johnny Depp, Gibby Haynes, and Al Jourgensen, together with working for his last film project, ‘Dark Blood‘, Phoenix died of a drug overdose in West Hollywood in the early hours of October 31, 1993, at age 23.

Phoenix’s friends, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, wrote a few lines for him in their hit song ‘Give It Away‘ from the 1991 album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik.’ Following his death, the band paid tribute to him with the song ‘Transcending‘ on their 1995 album, ‘One Hot Minute.’ Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist, John Frusciante, dedicated the song ‘Smile From The Streets You Hold‘ to River Phoenix.

Here is what Flea said about River Phoenix in his latest post:

I love you always River. I was older, but you were always the teacher. Happy birthday to your wild creative ass!”

You can see the post below.