Music lawyer Peter Lopez found dead in apparent suicide

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Music lawyer Peter Lopez found dead in apparent suicide

Fri Apr 30, 2010 @ 03:22PM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Lopez,Peter Sad news this afternoon: Well-known music lawyer Peter Lopez has been found dead at the Encino home he shares with actress wife Catherine Bach.

Police were called to the home today after a gunshot was heard.

"LAPD is on the scene," department spokesman Lt. John Romero told E! Online. "We're still in the early stages of the investigation, but what we gather is it's an apparent suicide."

Lopez, 60, has represented members of the Eagles and Michael Jackson, among others, and served as a producer on the Jennifer Lopez film "Selena." He's a name partner at Century City's Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Klein, which declined comment on Lopez.

UPDATE: The firm just gave us this statement: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unexpected loss of our friend and partner, Peter Lopez. This is an incalculable tragedy for his family, friends, clients and ourselves. We request that all concerned respect the privacy of Peter's family during this terribly difficult period. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the Lopez family."

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