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Joseph Brooks

Born: 1938-03-11 - Died: 2011-05-22
Cause of Death:
Suicide


Death Summary: Joseph Brooks' body was found sitting on the couch in his Manhattan apartment. A plastic dry cleaning bad was around his head with a towel around his neck. Near the body a helium tank with a hose on it was found with a suicide note.

Police wouldn't discuss the particulars of the note.

Who was Joseph Brooks : Brooks was a producer, screenwriter, director and composer. He's probably best known for composing the hit song "You Light Up My Life" for the film of the same name. The song earned Brooks an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. "You Light Up My Life" was the first solo hit for singer Debby Boone.

In June of 2009, Brooks was accused of sexual assault by four women. Allegedly, he lured them to his Manhattan apartment with acting roles used as bait. Brooks would fly the women in from all over the country on his own dime. At the time of his death the trial had yet to begin.
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4 Signatures in Joseph Brooks's guestbook

  1. Pearl Nolan Says:

    I would just like to appreciate Joseph brooks for a moment and be thankful for him and the work he did.
    His essence and the steps he took through life are a permanent memory of his life and death
    he was a man. He saw through eyes like mine or yours and he was hurt by things in his life.
    I hope his spirit is peaceful like the calm after the storm.

  2. JOJO Says:

    You Light Up My Life was a billboard hit the year I was born. I have loved every singers cover of it ever since. May he rest in peace..

  3. judy collins Says:

    i was a huge fan of joe and his work most of my life. he had beauty in his soul so rare, and he was tremendously talented. many critics panned his work and he struggled so much. rest in peace, joe

  4. Don lapre Says:

    Did he write the NWA hit Fuck the plice?


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