Composer's Son Quizzed in NY Designer's Death

Sylvie Cachay found dead in Manhattan hotel tub
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2010 1:39 AM CST
Sylvie Cachay, 33, was the designer of a brand of bikinis called Syla.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay has been found dead in the bathtub of a luxury Manhattan hotel and police are questioning boyfriend Nicholas Brooks, son of You Light Up My Life songwriter Joseph Brooks. Police initially believed Cachay died from a drug overdose, but then discovered bruise marks on her neck and a bite mark on her hand, sources tell the New York Daily News.

Her body was found before dawn after a hotel guest told staff water was leaking from the ceiling. Workers found her semi-clothed body in the tub, with water running full force. Her 24-year-old beau, who had checked in with Cachay, was out of the hotel at the time. After returning at 5:30am, Brooks told detectives he had been out drinking. Brooks' father, who won an Oscar for his hit 1977 ballad, is awaiting trial on charges of raping 11 would-be actresses he allegedly lured to his Manhattan home.

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