While Dark Knight Rises actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt says he “deeply appreciative” to appear on the cover of this month’s GQ magazine, he’s not happy with how the publication covered his brother’s death in their cover story.
“The elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. ‘It was an accident’ is all Joe will say about that,” is a line taken from the GQ story.
Joseph and his parents took exception to the “alleged drug overdose” part of the sentence, so the actor decided to post a blog on his personal website addressing their distate with the situation.
“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.
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.”
The Inception star says he asked the writer not to dwell on how his brother died, but rather how he lived. He describes Burning Dan as someone “brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person.”