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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 10/ 6/2010

Dan Gordon-Levitt: Remembering the brother of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the wake of his death

By Jen Chaney

Dan Gordon-Levitt. (Photo courtesy of The Fat Brat)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of "Inception," "(500) Days of Summer" and other films, is mourning the loss of his brother Dan Gordon-Levitt, who has died at age 36 due to undisclosed causes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared the sad news on his Twitter account Tuesday night, referring to his "superhero brother" and encouraging people to memorialize him at hitrecord.org, the Web site and multimedia collaborative that the brothers worked on together.

In the wake of the news, interest in Dan Gordon-Levitt has increased on the Web. His name is currently a trending Google topic, and both Joseph's and Dan's Twitter accounts, as well as the hitrecord site, are not currently loading. In the latter case, it appears that the servers are overloaded.

Known by his nickname Burning Dan, the elder Gordon-Levitt was a fire dancer -- he performed frequently at the Burning Man festival, hence his nickname -- as well as a photographer and instructor of Flow Arts, which his Flow Arts Web site calls a fitness meditation practice.

On that same Web site, Dan Gordon-Levitt described himself this way:

"I'm a photographer, poi dancer, swashbuckler, computer programmer, experientialist, didgeridooer and traveler. I wear my hats at an angle and am often accused of being able to pull off anything. I'm like Han Solo with The Force Flowing through me. In everything I do, I endeavour to espouse and inspire enthusiastic novelty. My intention is for that to come through in my photography, my fire dancing, and my interactions with everybody I meet. Especially you."

While, again, a cause has not been determined, the death appears to have been unexpected. The Flow Arts Web site indicates that Gordon-Levitt was still actively teaching, and -- when it was still accessible -- his Twitter account had been updated within recent days. What is clear that Dan Gordon-Levitt was well loved by his brother and others. As evidence of that, here's a video that the community at hitrecord created to celebrate his birthday two years ago.

By Jen Chaney  | October 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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