Rape accused ‘You light up my light’ composer Joseph Brooks commits suicide

Last Updated: May 23, 2011, 13:00 PM IST

New York: The Oscar-winning composer of ‘You light up my light’ Joseph Brooks, who was waiting trial for rape while his son faced murder trial, committed suicide in his Upper East Side apartment on Sunday. He was 73.

Brooks was found lying dead with a plastic dry cleaning bag over his head and a towel wrapped around his head and neck near a hose attached to a tank of helium gas.

He left a note, but cops did not reveal its contents.

According to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, a friend expecting to have lunch with him discovered the body at 12:30 p.m. in his apartment at Lexington Ave. and E. 63rd St.

Neighbors said that Brooks, who had a cardiac arrest in 2008 and shuffled to court on a cane, recently looked very emaciated.

"I saw him the last two days, and he looked very ill. He looked like a depressed man, a dying man," the New York Daily News quoted Elizabeth Zoch, a psychoanalyst, as saying.

"Truly, he looked like a dying man," she added.