Top showbiz lawyer commits suicide

2010-05-01 09:36

A successful entertainment attorney who was once a lawyer for

Michael Jackson and Andrea Bocelli was found dead in an apparent suicide

yesterday.

Peter Lopez (60) died of a gunshot wound at his home in California,

coroner’s office operations chief Craig Harvey said.

Lopez worked with singers, record producers and songwriters and was

a co-producer of the Jennifer Lopez film Selena, a biopic about the beloved

Tejano singer who was killed by the president of her fan club.

A neighbor reported hearing a shot and someone at the home found

Lopez’s body, coroners officials said.

Lopez’s wife, actress Catherine Bach, and her two daughters

suffered a “tragic personal loss,” said her publicist, Steve Rohr.

Bach played Daisy Duke in the 1980s TV series The Dukes of

Hazzard.

Lopez was Michael Jackson’s music attorney for several years,

according to Alfred Newman, a spokesperson for the firm Lopez helped found,

Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Klein. He also represented Bocelli, The Eagles

and Michael Buble.

Newman said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unexpected

loss of our friend and partner.”

Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson’s former general manager, said she

hired Peter Lopez in 2006 as Jackson’s entertainment attorney when she was

reorganising the singer’s business affairs.

“I’d known Peter for 20 years,” she said. When she was searching

for a new legal team she said another of her clients, R&B singer Babyface,

recommended Lopez.

Bain said: “I can’t think of a nicer individual. He was a good guy.

I’m just so shocked.”

She said Lopez travelled with her and Jackson to London for the

World Music Awards and spoke to the singer quite often. – Sapa-AP



Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/World

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.