Joseph Brooks & Suicide
May 22, 2011 by Post Team
Joseph Brooks & Suicide, Disgraced composer Joseph Brooks, who is awaiting a criminal trial on charges of sexually assaulted a number of young women attracted to his Upper East Side apartment on the pretext of holding auditions, has been found dead of an apparent suicide.
Brooks, 73, was found inside his apartment on East 63 Street Sunday with a plastic bag of dry cleaning head and a towel around his neck, the AP reported. A hose connected to a helium tank was found beside him, like a suicide note, according to reports.
The exact cause of death has not been determined pending an autopsy scheduled for Monday, a spokesman for the Office of the City Medical Examiner said.
Police said Brooks found unconscious in his apartment at 130 E 63rd St. 12:30 pm Sunday, the same apartment where prosecutors said drew more than 80 women with promises of an audition for an upcoming movie. Police said no criminality was suspected in his death, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The District Attorney’s office has no comment on the matter. Brooks’s attorney was not immediately available for comment.
Brooks was the composer who won an Oscar and Grammy responsible for the 1977 hit song “You Light Up My Life”, but his life had taken a more sordid twist in recent years, marked by the number of women who came perverse accuse him of sexual abuse charges of abuse and murder last December against his son, Nicholas Brooks.
The younger Brooks, 24, allegedly killed rising fashion designer Sylvie Cachay in his hotel room in Soho House after she tried to end their relationship problems, prosecutors said.
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