Brothers River and Joaquin Phoenix shared a remarkable upbringing. Born into an infamous cult, they both blossomed into iconic young actors, garnering widespread fame and attention for their sharp dramatic instincts and dreamy blue eyes. But on October 31, 1993, their stories tragically diverged when River, aged just 23, died on Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard. And, for almost three decades since that fateful night, Joaquin remained largely silent about his brother’s death – until now.
Certainly, River was one of the most exciting actors of his generation. After his breakout role in the 1986 film Stand by Me, the teenager went on to become, just two years later, an Oscar nominee for his performance in Running on Empty. The young star was a household name by the early nineties, when the devastating news of his untimely death hit the headlines. But in the outpouring of grief that followed, Joaquin remained mostly quiet. Only now, 27 years later, has he finally opened up, offering a heartbreaking confession about his late brother.