A coroner has concluded songwriter Joseph Brooks took his own life.
The composer, who penned hit track You Light Up My Life, was found dead at his New York home on Sunday (22May11).
A medical examiner ruled on Monday (23May11) that the 73 year old committed suicide, citing asphyxia by helium. He was found with his head in a plastic bag, which was attached to a tank of helium.
Brooks was awaiting trial over allegations he lured women to his apartment and sexually assaulted them. He pleaded not guilty to a number of charges in 2009.
Meanwhile, singer Debby Boone, who recorded You Light Up My Life, has vowed to continue singing the ballad.
A statement from the star reads: "I have been saddened to hear of the horrible tragedies surrounding Joe Brooks and his family over the years. My only real association with Joe was in 1977 for a couple of hours in a New York recording studio when I recorded his beautiful song. I will continue to sing it proudly and hope that people will be able to separate the song from Joe's severely troubled life."