Friday, April 30

Catherine Bach's Husband Dies

AP - Coroners officials says a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress Catherine Bach was found dead in an apparent suicide on Friday.

According to coroner's office operations chief Craig Harvey, Peter Lopez, 60, died of a gunshot wound at his home in the Encino Hills, He said that a neighbor reported hearing a shot and someone at the home found Lopez's body.

Publicist Steve Rohr, Bach and her two daughters suffered a "tragic personal loss."

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.

Lopez was Michael Jackson's music attorney for several years, according to Alfred Newman, a spokesman for the firm Lopez helped found, Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Klein. He also represented The Eagles, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble. The firm says in a statement "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unexpected loss of our friend and partner."

"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.

"I can't think of a nicer individual," she said. "He was a good guy. I'm just so shocked."

She said Lopez traveled with her and Jackson to London for the World Music Awards and spoke to the singer quite often.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Lopez to the California State Athletic Commission, which regulates boxing, and as the director of the California Exposition and State Fair Board.
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