Joseph Gordon-Levitt Upset Over Mention Of Brother's Death In Interview: [ send to a friend ]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is upset with GQ for, what he calls, their "factually incorrect" representation of his late brother.
"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," says the 'Dark Knight Rises' actor. "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," he says. "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."
The actor's older brother, Dan, died in October 2010. It was believed that it may been drug-related after Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told reporters "it was initially reported to us as a possible overdose."
However, Gordon-Levitt and his family have never publicly said what caused the 36-year-old's death. And, by the sounds of it, they'd like to keep it that way.