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


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


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

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