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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Slams 'GQ Magazine' for Reporting Brother's Death

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not too happy with GQ magazine for the way they portrayed his brother's death in an interview with the actor that appears in the August issue of the men's magazine.  His brother, Dan died in 2010 of what GQ is calling “an alleged drug overdose.” Joseph doesn't like to even talk about it let alone have it published in a negative spotlight.

The Dark Knight Rises actor said the GQ article made him feel terrible, posting on his own website:

"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.  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.  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.”

Should the magazine apologized? Where they in the wrong to use the word, "alleged?" What do you think?


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