May 22, 2011 -- Grammy-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks died today in his Manhattan apartment in what police are calling an apparent suicide, according to The Associated Press.
Brooks, 73, was found with a plastic dry-cleaning bag around his head and a towel wrapped around his neck, police told the AP.
An autopsy will determine the cause of death.
Brooks, best known for writing the Grammy and Academy Award-winning ballad "You Light Up My Life," was indicted last year on more than 80 sex-related charges.
He was awaiting trial on charges that he sexually assaulted several young after luring them into his apartment for supposed acting auditions.