Alison Schwartz
December 10, 2010 12:35 PM

The Soho House – an exclusive club and hotel known as a celebrity hangout – is now the backdrop of a shocking death.

On Thursday night, police responded to a 911 call from the SoHo House’s New York location where the body of on-the-rise fashion designer Sylvie Cachay was found in an overflowing bathtub CBS News reports.

Cachay, 33, had checked into the private hotel with Nicholas Brooks, whom friends of Cachay say she’d recently broken up with. Brooks is the son of Academy Award-winning composer Joseph Brooks, who penned the 1977 ballad “You Light Up My Life.”

Nicholas Brooks was not at the hotel when Cachay’s body was discovered, although he is being questioned by police.

Cachay was found partially clothed in the bathtub with a bite mark on her hand and red marks on her neck that may suggest strangulation, police say. Bottles of prescription medication were also found in the hotel room. Police have not pressed any charges yet, reports the New York Daily News.

As a swimsuit designer who had been recognized in the pages of Vogue, Glamour and on countless runways, Cachay had a promising career ahead of her.

“It was her magnetic energy, sincere kindness and emotional generosity with friends and family that she will be best remembered for,” her publicist said in a statement Friday. “She will be deeply and painfully missed.”

In a statement released Friday, a spokesperson for they SoHo House, said the hotel “extends sincere condolences to the Cachay family. We are continuing to liaise with all the relevant authorities involved. Our thoughts are with Syvlie’s family and friends.”

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