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Woman Found Dead in Manhattan's Soho House Was Virginia-Based Swimwear Designer Sylvie Cachay

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Details have emerged that the woman found dead in an overflowing bathtub at Manhattan's chi-chi private member's club-slash-hotel SoHo House yesterday was a swimwear designer from McLean, Virginia. Sylvie Cachay, 33, was discovered dead in the room she was sharing with her ex-boyfriend, 26-year old Nicholas Brooks, the son of the Oscar-winning composer who wrote "You Light Up My Life." CBS News reports that bottles of prescription drugs were found in her room and "Red marks on her neck suggest she might have been strangled." reports:

Investigators say there was noone else in the room and prescription drugs were present. They also say she had visible bruises and possible bite marks on her neck, but police are unsure if that had anything to do with her death.

The person who paid for the room was Cachay’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Nicholas Brooks, who is now being questioned by police. Brooks is the son of a famous Los Angeles composer Joseph Brooks, who is best known for writing the 1977 song “You Light Up My Life.”

In an unrelated case, the senior Brooks is fighting charges that accuse him of molesting a would-be actress in his Manhattan apartment.

Cachay's designs have been featured on various runways around the world as well as on the pages of Vogue and Glamour.
· McLean fashion designer found dead in NYC hotel [TBD]
· Famed Composer's Son Probed in Designer's Death [CBS News]