Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s brother has died!

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Dan Gordon-Levitt was Joseph’s older brother. He was known as “Burning Dan” and was a fire-spinning flow artist. He professionally taught people how to dance with fire. Pop Eater spoke with Dan in August, and he seemed like a really great guy.

I haven’t been able to find out what happened, or how he died, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it!

Tell me about the school you’ve opened, Flow Arts School.
I started a school in Los Angeles, [and] I teach classes there and in Hollywood. I also drive around and teach at conferences, festivals, private parties, private lessons. I just got back from this conference in Peru where I taught at the conference and for local artists. I went from third world, often street kids, teaching them in the streets, to teaching at a corporate workshop — one of the biggest accounting companies in the world hired me and a couple friends to come and train 100 new employees.

How often are you mistaken for your brother? The resemblance is … baffling.

It’s wonderful to be mistaken for him. He taught me to question the relationships other people have with their siblings because he would be my favorite person in the world even if I wasn’t lucky enough to know him as my brother. He’s just awesome in every way that I pay attention to. I ask myself, “Do I love him because he’s my brother or is he really that awesome?” He’s really, really awesome.

Wow, sounds like you and Joe have a great relationship.
It’s rare that I don’t feel really proud of him.

This letter was posted on Facebook:

Burning Dan, we will miss you.
you were a shining light for our entire community
and although I know you would want us to smile, dance, and flow
I’m going to take a few moments to be sad for your passing.

For everyone who has not heard, Dan passed peacefully and unexpectedly Sunday night. In addition to founding and running Flow Temple, Dan was a celebrated poi-oneer who constantly challenged our thoughts on both how the tools could be used, and what good you could bring to the world through your art form.

He was also an incredibly sweet soul.

When we have information on a memorial service, we will pass it on.

Love you Dan.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted this on his Twitter.

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 8:20pm
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October 5th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Rest in peace Dan, you brought so much to this world and will be missed. You always brought a smile to my eyes. Now you are gone and there are tears.

October 6th, 2010 at 12:08 am

Interesting….you used the same Twitter screen cap that was originally posted on ONTD (which had the story posted first!)

Regardless, this is devestating. Dan was such an amazing person. RIP.

October 6th, 2010 at 4:38 am

Dan didn’t die on Sunday night, he was tweeting on Tuesday. I believe he died either Tuesday night or Wednesday.

October 6th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
October 10th, 2010 at 10:27 am

This is so crazy! I didn’t he had a brother.

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