Joseph Brooks

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Joseph Brooks
Joseph Kaplan

(1938-03-11)March 11, 1938
DiedMay 22, 2011(2011-05-22) (aged 73)
Upper East Side, New York City, U.S.
Cause of deathSuicide by asphyxia
Other names
  • Joe Brooks
  • Joey Brooks
Musical career
Occupation(s)Composer, director, producer, screenwriter, musician

Joseph Brooks, born Joseph Kaplan[1] (March 11, 1938 – May 22, 2011),[2] 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.[3]

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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