Joseph Gordon-Levitt, best known for his roles as Tom in 500 Days of Summer, Adam in 50/50, and Arthur in Inception, took issue with an article in GQ that stated his older brother died of a drug overdose in 2010.
The actor likes to keep his personal life private, especially when it comes to the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death. In a response to the article, Levitt took to his website saying, “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.’”
Gordon goes on to say, “The ‘allegations’ to which [the writer] 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.”