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Corey Feldman skates in River Phoenix tribute

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Former child actor Corey Feldman dedicated a recent skating performance to "Stand By Me" to his late co-star in that film, River Phoenix.

Feldman, 40, is appearing on the British TV competition show "Dancing on Ice," paired with American skater Brooke Castile. This week was movie week, and Feldman was assigned the Ben E. King song.

Feldman told show personnel he immediately thought of Phoenix, who died of drug-induced heart failure in 1993, and resolved to dedicate the performance to him.

In an interview before his skate, he told the audience that his past friendship with the King of Pop might help him. "'I think as a dancer, I'm one of the best there is," he said. "I was friends with Michael Jackson and we used to dance together."

Feldman donned a purple sequined shirt for the skate and started off with three other men, representing his "Stand By Me" co-stars. As he skated, an image of the railroad bridge from the movie was superimposed on the ice. 

Retired skater Robin Cousins didn't think the Jackson influence showed, telling Feldman, "'The Jackson moves were cool, but it feels like you're walking on the ice, not gliding."

Unfortunately, Feldman scored just 8 out of a possible 30 points, landing in last place. But he was saved from having to perform in a skate-off. Former "Dallas" star Charlene Tilton performed against British TV personality Mark Rhodes, and Rhodes was sent home.

Feldman later tweeted, "I don't think I can keep doing this I'm in a lot of pain right now.... I obviously am not a good enough skater!"

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