Songwriter Joseph Brooks Apparently Kills Himself In NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say Grammy-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks is dead of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan apartment.

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The 73-year-old Brooks was arrested in 2009 on charges of molesting women lured to his apartment for supposed acting auditions.

In January, 12 more women who said they were lured to his Manhattan apartment and seduced, joined the 13 others who have accused Brooks of molesting them.

He pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges and was awaiting trial.

Books won a Grammy and Academy Award for best original song for the 1977 ballad “You Light Up My Life.” He wrote and directed the movie of the same name.

Police say Brooks was found Sunday with a plastic dry-cleaning bag around his head and a towel wrapped around his neck. There also was a helium tank with a hose attached.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death. A three-page suicide note included complaints about his health, police said.

Brooks suffered a stroke in 2008, and his lawyer had said the songwriter’s health was deteriorating during the court case. He appeared gaunt and shuffled slowly as he came to recent court dates.

Brooks’ son, Nicholas, is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Peruvian-American swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay. She was found dead, half-clothed and face-up, in a tub at the swanky Soho House after water began leaking through to the floor below.

The 24-year-old Brooks had little contact with his father in recent years, authorities have said.
Nicholas Brooks has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail at the Rikers Island jail complex.

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  • JB

    The Acorn does not fall far from the tree. JB

  • KC

    The son will kill himself next and light up a few peoples lives. Just a matter of time.

  • Cousin Tony

    So a reverse rapture of sorts did happen over the weekend. The lowest form of garbage to inhabit NYC was lifted up and sent to hell. Now if only the same thing could happen to his progeny.

  • DanTe

    So now this sack of turd is the “victim”?

  • Mike Hunt

    RIP Joseph Brooks…you brought a lot of joy to a lot of people

    • Lucy

      I agree. He did bring alot of joy to people with his songs and movies. R.I.P Joseph Brooks.

  • Sam

    The man is dead. What a bunch of sick people…


    so help me lord of the abyss..i hated that was taking a dental pick to your ears..thank the stars he never wrote more of that garbage..and his son is a murdering rapist too.. these two..bad seeds

  • Bernie Sanders

    i wonder if he sees the LIGHT now ?

  • M. B. Brown

    I remember the man that anchored the years ago,the Black music TV show
    on PBS named “Soul” said “he hates that song but when he hears it
    he can’t get it out of his head” my exact feelings .
    He should have killed himself by stove gas with a match.

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