Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s brother, Burning Dan, passed away in 2010 and his cause of death has never been shown to public eyes. Some gossip sites and a few major media outlets sort of kind of said that he died of a drug overdose, but that was never confirmed. Cut to today when JGL slipped off his white gloves and double slapped GQ in the face for using Kathie Lee Gifford as their research department. In their latest issue’s cover story, GQ’s writer Amy Wallace said that Burning Dan died of an “alleged drug overdose.” JGL went on Tumblr (via TMZ) today to say it made him feel “terrible” and then he set a bitch straight:
I’m writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I’ll be honest, it really made me feel terrible. Here’s a quote:
‘…the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. “It was an accident” is all Joe will say about that.’
Using the word “alleged” technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants. The “allegations” to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department. I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.
By the way, while I asked the writer not to dwell on how he died, I did say quite a bit about how he lived, and how much he means to me. Dan was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person, and I liked the idea of such a wide readership learning about him. My parents and I are disappointed with what the article chose to focus on regarding this sensitive subject.
While JGL is at it, he should also ask GQ to issue him a for real sorry for that cover, because there’s only one way to describe it: DAAAAAAAAMN!!!! THIS IS SOME BENJAMIN BUTTON’S SHIT!