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Prominent entertainment attorney found fatally shot outside Encino home [Updated]

April 30, 2010 |  5:16 pm

Catherine Bach and Husband Peter LopezAn entertainment attorney who once represented Michael Jackson was found fatally shot Friday outside his home in Encino.

Peter Lopez's body was discovered around 11:30 a.m. after the Los Angeles Police Department received a call reporting shots fired.

LAPD sources told KTLA News that Lopez's wife, "Dukes of Hazzard" actress Catherine Bach, told police that her husband had shot himself. Law enforcement officials said they have not determined an exact cause of death but are investigating it as a suicide. [Updated at 6:37 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said Bach's first name was Barbara. It is Catherine.]

Lopez in 2007 was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the State Athletic Commission. 

He was also a noted attorney known for representing musicians.

-- Shelby Grad

Read more  at the Ministry of Gossip, The Times' entertainment blog.

Photo: Bach and Lopez. Credit: WireImage via KTLA News