Joseph Gordon-Levitt took to his personal Tumblr last week to debunk GQ writer Amy Wallace’s claims over the circumstance regarding his brother Dan’s death. In the profile piece on Joseph Gordon-Levitt which will be released in August, Wallace writes that Dan Gordon-Levitt “died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. ‘It was an accident’ is all Joe will say about that.’ ”
Heartbroken about the way GQ decided to focus on the details circulating around his brother’s death, Gordon-Levitt blogged to his followers, saying that the reporting was inaccurate and based on gossip related tips that had no validity. Joseph Gordon-Levitt went on to say that the rumors of his brother’s death, “ are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department.”
Gordon-Levitt also added that he didn’t like the way Wallace focused on how his brother died and that his discussion about his brother’s life wasn’t included in the profile piece, “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.”
Today GQ has come out with a statement in support of the profile writer, Amy Wallace stating, “Because the writer, Amy Wallace, and her editors understood the pain Dan’s passing caused the Gordon-Levitt family, the story sought to be respectful—and brief—in the way it described his death, which GQ felt was a relevant fact in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s biography. The magazine stands by its reporting, the facts of which are fully supported—and have been confirmed in detail—by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.”
Was it insensitive for Amy Wallace to report on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s brother or was she just doing her job?