Joseph Gordon-Levitt Corrects 'GQ' Story About His Brother's Death

The magazine says the actor's brother died of an "alleged drug overdose" -- but Gordon-Levitt calls it an "irresponsible claim"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is GQ magazine's August cover star, but the Dark Knight Rises actor is so upset about one aspect of the feature profile he's taken to his own blog to post a correction.

In particular, the critically acclaimed actor is disappointed with how the story describes his older brother Dan's death. "A photographer and fire spinner who went by the moniker Burning Dan, the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010," the GQ article says.

Although the profile does provide a brief quote from Gordon-Levitt on the painful subject, "'It was an accident' is all Joe will say about that," the 31-year-old Inception star takes issue with the description.

"Using the word 'alleged' technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants," he wrote on his blog Tuesday afternoon. "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."

Dan, a fire spinner known as "Burning Dan," was found unresponsive in his home in October 2010 and subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital. He was only 36.

Gordon-Levitt, who was close to his big brother and collaborated on the hitRECordJOe blog with him, announced the news to his fans later that grim day: "My super hero brother @burningdan 1974-2010," he shared on Twitter.

On the eve of one of the biggest films in his career, Gordon-Levitt chose to celebrate his brother's life, something he says the GQ article failed to do.

"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," he wrote. "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."

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