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Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara welcome their first child, name him River after actor’s late brother

Sept. 28, 2020, 4:25 p.m.

New Delhi: Oscar winner Joaquin Pheonix and his fiancee, actor Rooney Mara, have become parents to a baby boy, their first child together. The couple has named their son River in memory of Phoenix’s late older brother, actor River Phoenix, who died in 1993 at the age of 23 of a drug overdose.

The news was shared by Russsian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky during  the 2020 Zurich Film Festival on Sunday, after his documentary screening ‘Gunda’, executive produced by Pheonix. The news that they are expecting their first baby together was confirmed in May.

The actor remembered his brother River Pheonix during his Oscar speech. “When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said, ‘Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow’,” Joaquin ended the speech saying this phrase.

Mara played the title role alongside Phoenix as Jesus when they first met in 2016 on the sets of  Mary Magdalene. Soon after that they started dating and made their red carpet debut at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2017.

Phoenix stated in an interview that they were living together in the Hollywood Hills. The couple got engaged in July 2019.

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