Dan Gordon-Levitt Dies at Age 36

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Sad news from the world of entertainment today as Dan Gordon-Levitt, the brother of "Inception" actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has died. He was 36.

"BURNING DAN brightly embodied that bold beastly bliss sometimes referred to as 'the creative spirit,'" Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote in a tribute to his brother on the website they founded together, hitRECord.org.

"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."

The news of Dan's death was first announced on Joseph's twitter page with a brief  statement that red in part "My super hero brother @burningdan 1974-2010." Performing under the name Burning Dan, Dan Gordon-Levitt was a photographer and founder of Flow Temple, a performance arts school based on Venice, California. He was best known, though, as a fire dancer who frequently performed at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Though the brothers were born nearly seven years apart, they maintained a very close relationship. "It's wonderful to be mistaken for him," Dan told PopEater in August. "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."

No word yet on the cause of death.