Reeves’ father drops out of his life
In 1967, Samuel Nowlin Reeves abandoned his family – his wife Patricia Taylor, and two children Keanu and Kim. Keanu was only 3. They lived in Lebanon, Australia and New York, before settling down in Toronto. Keanu visited his father occasionally till he was 6. After he turned 13, he visited him one last time at his Hawaiian farm. In a 2000 Rolling Stone interview, Keanu said, “Jesus, man. No, the story with me and my dad’s pretty heavy. It’s full of pain and woe and f*cking loss and all that sh*t”. Keanu struggled with dyslexia; he eventually left high school without even receiving a diploma.
First tragedy strikes
In 1993, Keanu’s best friend and fellow actor River Phoenix, 23, overdosed on a toxic concoction of cocaine, morphine, and valium outside The Viper Room, an LA club owned by Johnny Depp. He suffered five seizures before he passed away. During his Reddit AMA in 2014, Keanu answered a question about what River Phoenix was like. “He was a remarkable human person and actor. We got along very well, and I miss him. I think of him often,” he had replied.
Second tragedy devastates Keanu
In 1998, Keanu met Jennifer Syme, a young actress. In 1999, Syme gave birth to a stillborn daughter. 18 months later, Syme died in a car accident. “Grief changes shape, but it never ends. People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better’. They’re wrong. When the people you love are gone, you’re alone. I miss being a part of their lives and them being part of mine。我不知道本会是什么样子，如果他们在这里 - 我们可能会做起来。我想念所有的伟大的事业，永远不会，“基努称，2006年 Parade magazine interview.
And to make matters worse…
… Kim, his sister, fell ill due to her decade long battle with leukemia. The cancer eventually fell into remission, but she is still fighting the disease. “When she was in the hospital he was there with her all the time, sitting at her bedside, holding her hand. Sometimes, it’s almost like he doesn’t trust himself to have a relationship with anyone“他的密友透露ADH。我私下和公开捐赠给癌症众多的慈善机构，研究中心和医院。我已经设定和他自己的慈善事业还支持 Stand Up to Cancer and the SickKids Foundation.
His brush with death
在1988年，在托潘加峡谷大道自行车事故给他留下了厚厚的疤痕他的胃垂直上升。他的脾脏后来不得不被删除。我躺在人行道上半小时救援到来之前。 “那我叫程恶魔（这意味着在夜间骑在没有大灯）。我记得我在我的头，“我就要死了”。我记得在大声呼救。有人接听走出黑暗，然后救护车的闪灯下来。 This was after a truck ran over my helmet. I took it off because I couldn’t breathe, and a truck came down. I got out of the way, and it ran over my helmet,” he told Rolling Stone. Another motorcycle accident in 1996 broke his ankle and left him with a wide, curved scar on his right leg.
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