Sandra Gonzalez
May 22, 2011 AT 09:35 PM EDT

Grammy- and Academy Award-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks was found dead in his New York apartment today after apparently committing suicide, according to reports.

Brooks, whose song “You Light Up My Life” won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1978 and Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1977, was found early Sunday by a friend.

Brooke, 73, was awaiting trial on 2009 charges of sexually assaulting about a dozen women. Additionally, Brooks’ son, Nicholas Brooks, was charged in December with murdering his girlfriend.

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