Joseph Brooks



Age: 73


Summary: songwriter whose Oscar-winning title song for the 1977 low-budget film You Light Up My Life was a hit record for Debby Boone, but who was arrested in 2009 at age 71 on charges of sexually assaulting what became a total of 13 women, generally aspiring actresses whom he lured to his apartment on the pretext that he was casting them for a role, and whose 24-year-old son Nicholas was charged with the 2010 murder of his girlfriend, fashion designer Sylvie Cachay.



Cause of Death: Suicide by asphyxiation


Born: March 11, 1938


Died: May 22, 2011


Location: New York City, New York