In October 2010, Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s brother Dan, a street performer in Venice Beach, died of what is widely believed to be an accidental drug overdose. Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t like when you bring that up. So after his profile in the new GQ, he took to his Tumblr to…I’m not really sure really.
First of all, I’d like to thank both of the Jims and everyone else at GQ for putting me on the cover of their magazine this month. That kind of exposure is a huge help to all the work I love to do, and I’m deeply appreciative.
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.
So, basically his brother died of a drug overdose but nobody is supposed to mention that because he was a “genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person”. I guess we can all believe he died fighting a bear or ninjas. Who were probably trying steal his drugs or whatever happens when in paranoid hallucinations.