March 11, 1938
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Died||May 22, 2011 (aged 73)|
Upper East Side, New York City, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by asphyxia|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, director, producer, screenwriter, musician|
Joseph Brooks, born Joseph Kaplan (March 11, 1938 – May 22, 2011), and also known as Joe Brooks or Joey Brooks, was an American composer, director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in Manhattan, New York.
He was a known writer of advertising jingles and wrote the hit songs "My Ship Is Comin' In", "If Ever I See You Again", and "You Light Up My Life", he later composed the hit movie of the same name which he also wrote, directed, and produced. He won a Grammy Award, Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for it.
In his later years he became the subject of an investigation after being accused of a series of casting-couch rapes. He was indicted in 2009. On May 22, 2011, before he could be brought to trial, Brooks committed suicide in his Upper East Side, Manhattan home by placing a bag over his head with a hose from a helium tank connected to it. He was 73 years old. On May 23, 2011, the medical examiner ruled that Brooks had committed suicide, citing asphyxia by helium.
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- Rowes, Barbara (1983-04-25). "What Do You Tell a Millionaire Publisher With Only One Symphony to Conduct? 'Play It Again, Gil'". People. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
- Martin, Douglas (2011-05-23). "Joseph Brooks, a Maker of Jingles, Songs and Films, Dies at 73". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
- Long, Colleen (2011-05-24). "Joseph Brooks Suicide: Medical Examiner Rules Songwriter Killed Himself". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
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