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    Tue, 24 May 2011 12:34:00

    Songwriter Joseph Brooks Found Dead in Apparent Suicide - He wrote "You Light Up My Life"

    Joseph Brooks, the Oscar-winning songwriter who was awaiting a trial on sex crime charges, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in his New York City apartment, according to cops. Brooks, 73, penned the hit sap fest, "You Light Up My Life." In regards to his sex crimes case, he pleaded not guilty to rape, sexual abuse and other charges in 2009.

    A police spokesman told reporters that at around 12:30 p.m., a friend found Brooks at his home with a plastic dry-cleaning bag around his head and a towel wrapped around his neck. A helium tank was nearby with a tube connecting it with the bag. Wow, that's serious.

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    05.24.11




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