In a feature on Joseph Gordon-Levitt that appears in the latest issue of GQ (which the actor also covers), writer Amy Wallace ascribed the 2010 death of his older brother, fire spinner Burning Dan, to "an alleged drug overdose."
This didn't sit well with the Dark Knight Rises star, who took to his Tumblr to set the record straight. "I'll be honest," he writes. "it really made me feel terrible."
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.
E! News has reached out to the Los Angeles Coroner's Office for clarification, but has yet to hear back. JGL would not speak to the cause of his brother's untimely demise, except to say that "it was an accident."