We have some shocking news to report regarding one of Hollywood’s most talented young stars. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced Tuesday evening that his older brother Dan Gordon-Levitt had passed away. The duo were partners in their interactive media site hitRECord.com, and they both appeared at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to promote the project. Unfortunately, Joseph’s partner, brother, and friend is no longer with us.

Joseph posted several tweets regarding Dan aka Burning Dan’s passing. Here’s a heartfelt message he left on hitRECord for fans and followers to remember him by.

BURNING dAN brightly embodied that bold beastly bliss sometimes referred to as “the creative spirit.” He was my chief collaborator on the foundational incarnations of hitRECord.org over the years and continues to inspire us ever the more. He would absolutely positively insist that we not let this bad news deter us on our collective mission. That said, I might not feel up to it for a little while.

Watching this community blossom into what it has become never ceased to amaze him and me. We would regularly marvel at it and high five. Thank you all for that. There he is now pouring heaping hollowed watermelons full of love over each and every one of us.

So let’s celebrate him, he’s fucking awesome:

See you real soon,
thanks again…

If you want to really see the embodiment of what Burning Dan was all about check out this video of him doing his thing at Firedrums 2010. He was truly one of a kind.

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RIP Dan Gordon-Levitt 1974-2010