Joseph Brooks, 'You Light Up My Light' songwriter, dies awaiting rape trial

light-up-my-life.jpg Joseph Brooks, the man who won an Academy Award and a Grammy for writing "You Light Up My Life" was found dead, May 22.

The AP reports Brooks' body was found in his New York City apartment by a friend, with a plastic bag tied around his head, connect to a helium tank. Police are also said to have found a suicide note, though the contents of it were not available.

Brooks was 73.

Though he had a great deal of success earlier in his life, writing the theme song to 1977's "You Light Up My Life" -- which he also wrote and directed -- Brooks' later life was marred by tragedy and scandal.

He suffered a stroke that left him unable to play the piano. And in 2009, he was formally accused of raping 13 women, who he allegedly lured to his apartment and drugged. His trial had still not been set at his time of death.
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