How did Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s brother Dan die? Actor honors sibling on 46th birthday, 10 years after he died

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for his schoolboy charm and cheery smile as the good guy of cinema, took to his Twitter to share a heartfelt post on July 27. The actor honored his late brother Dan Gordon-Levitt on what would have been the artist’s 46th birthday. Sadly, Dan didn’t live past the age of 36. He died tragically in 2010, from an alleged drug overdose.

Back in 2010, on October 6, the actor’s brother Dan was found unresponsive at his Hollywood home. The cause of his death was never announced publicly, but ever since, it’s been alleged that Dan died from an accidental overdose. The professional fire-spinning artist was very popular in the Venice Beach area. He also used to work as a flow arts teacher at Flow Temple Arts School, which is located in Venice. 

Known for his work on ‘Moon Shot’ (1994), ‘Einstein Revealed’ (1996) and ‘Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious’ (2010), Dan is believed to have died on October 4, although he was reportedly found two days later. In the years to come, Joseph has gone on to deny claims of Dan’s death being an ‘alleged overdose’. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star had criticized an article by the GQ magazine 2012 publicly through his personal Tumblr account.

The magazine had Joseph on their August cover that year and incorrectly speculated that Dan’s death was from “an alleged drug overdose”. “Using the word ‘alleged’ technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants,” Joseph had lashed out. “The ‘allegations’ to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites.” Apart from this, there’s no other on the cause of Dan’s death.

Ten years after his death, Joseph has once again honored him on Twitter for his birthday. “Today’s my brother dan’s birthday,” Joseph, 39, wrote. “He and I started @hitrecord together a long time ago. We all miss him, been ten years now since he died.” Joseph and Dan were the masterminds behind HitRecord, a 2005-launched space for creative collaboration.

Joseph continued: “I love seeing art inspired by him. Draw him, write about him, talk about him, whatever. We’ve done various projects in honor of my brother here on hitRECord over the years. But there isn’t a catch-all place to just contribute anything about him. Maybe you have a story about an experience you and he had together. Maybe you have some photos you took of him. Maybe you drew him or something. People post stuff like that on his Facebook page, but there ought to be a place on HITRECORD. So since today, July 27th, is his birthday, I thought it’d be a good day to start it.”

A book “or perhaps a documentary” are also on the cards, but for now, Joseph concluded, “But regardless of any long term goals like that, I’d just like there to be a place on the site where we gather a bunch of stuff about him. EXCELSIOR!”

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