Sadly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had to take time off from looking lip-bitingly gorgeous on the cover of GQ today to correct the magazine on details surrounding the death of his brother Burning Dan. The only problem? JGL’s correction only made us more confused as to what happened to his sibling, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 36.
JGL posted on his Tumblr today, “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.’” Said the Dark Knight Rises star, “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.” We completely understand JGL wanting to dispel any misinformation floating around in the blogosphere, but…why not then clarify what actually happened?
At the time of Burning Dan’s passing two years ago, many sources reported that he may have died due to a possible drug overdose; RadarOnline even has the alleged 911 call from his death, in which an operator says the call is regarding a person who “probably overdosed.” That being said, JGL is right that there isn’t sufficient evidence to claim his brother’s death was drug-related; according to E!, the official cause of Dan’s death has not been released. So, if Burning Dan didn’t pass away of an overdose and Gordon-Levitt wanted to correct the rumors, why didn’t he just specify what his brother died of? Particularly if it was an accident of some kind? No matter what, we’re glad Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke up for himself and his family. We kind of just wish he had said a little more.