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L.A. poi spinning teacher 'Burning Dan' dies

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt used his Twitter account to announce the death of his brother, Dan, a well-known L.A. poi spinner. (KABC/Facebook)

October 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced the death of his older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, on his Twitter page Tuesday.Dan Gordon-Levitt, who is also known as Burning Dan, worked professionally as a performer, as well as a fire-spinning and flow arts teacher at Flow Temple Arts School in Venice Beach, according to the school's official website.

"My super hero brother @burningdan 1974-2010," the actor's Tweet read. "BURNING dAN brightly embodied that bold beastly bliss sometimes referred to as 'the creative spirit,'" he later wrote on his website, hitRECord.org. "He would absolutely positively insist that we not let this bad news deter us on our collective mission."

The cause of Gordon-Levitt's death has not been confirmed and an official statement has not been released by the actor's representatives. The coroner's office did not have information on Gordon-Levitt's death.

However, according to Dan Gordon-Levitt's Facebook, the Los Angeles area fire-spinning artist died Sunday night.

In an August interview with celebrity news website PopEater.com, Gordon-Levitt described his work as, "A combination of performance art and dance and meditation and yoga and sort of self-transformation."