Brooks, who won a Grammy for “You Light Up My Life,” also directed a movie based on that schlock. Brooks’ son Nicholas is accused of murdering swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay.
Brooks, 73, was discovered in his Upper East Side apartment around 12:30 p.m. by a friend with whom he had planned to have lunch, police spokesman Paul Browne said.
Brooks was on the living room couch with a plastic dry-cleaning bag around his head and a towel wrapped around his neck, Browne said. A hose attached to a helium tank was hooked up to the bag, he said. It was not immediately clear how long Brooks had been there.
The apartment door was ajar, Browne said.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy. Police said a suicide note was found but they didn’t reveal its contents.
Joseph Brooks was accused of raping women he had lured to his apartment under the guise of movie auditions.