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The Legendary Music Producer, Phil Spector, Is Dead

Phil Spector has been reportedly dead at the age of 81 years of coronavirus complications.

Spector was a music producer that was known for creating “The Wall of Sound“, which was used by 60s bands like The Ronettes and The Crystals.

He was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment in 2009 for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson.

He was tested positive to coronavirus in prison four weeks ago and died after being transferred to hospital this week, according to TMZ.

It was gathered that Spector was taken to the hospital after being diagnosed and confirmed that he had Covid-19 but was returned to prison after his recovery from the Covid-19.

Later, report has it that he trouble breathing and was rushed back to the hospital where he died.

Spector’s death was confirmed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

In their statement, they said: “California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital.

“His official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Spector, whose father took his own life when he was just nine years old, was born in the Bronx on 26th December, 1939.

He began his musical career while he was still in school, producing the hit song ‘To Know Him is To Love Him’ by the Teddy Bears.

In the 60s, he produced huge hits like: – The Righteous Brothers’ “You Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” and “Unchained Melody”, “You’re My Soul and Inspiration”. The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and The Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel”, and so on.

He also produced The Beatles’ final album “Let It Be” and produced John Lennon’s solo work, including “Instant Karma”, and “Imagine”.

He also worked with The Rolling Stones and Ike and Tina Turner.

Spector was credited with developing the ‘Wall of Sound’ technique which was a process of overdubbing scores of musicians to make a full sound.

The style was copied by several artists, including The Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in May 2009 for the murder of actress and cocktail waitress Lana Clarkson.

Clarkson’s body was found in Spector’s home in Alhambra, Los Angeles, slumped in a chair in the hallway of the castle.

She had been shot in the mouth by a 38 Colt Cobra revolver which lay on the floor next to her body.

Spector said Clarkson had accidentally shot herself or took her own life but prosecutors said he shot her during a drunken row after she refused his demands for sex.

Evidence was presented of several incidents in which a drunk Spector pulled guns on women in his home when they rejected him.

In 2014 while in prison, he suffered speech loss when he was unable to speak and his health was in critical condition.

At that time his lawyer, Chuck Sevilla, said: “I believe he is able to walk, he’s lost a lot of weight, he’s been unable to speak for nine months due to polyps in his throat which they keep telling him they’re going to perform surgery on, which they have not done.

“That’s just one of his many maladies. He’s in his 70s and he was not in the best condition going in.”

In 2016, he filed for divorce from his wife Rachelle Short while in prison.

This whole situation is heartbreakingly bizarre,” Aaron Abramowitz, Rachelle’s lawyer, said at that time.

It is regrettable that Mr Spector has failed to recognise the efforts made by Rachelle in spending tens of thousands of dollars on his medical and dental costs while incarcerated.” Rachelle’s lawyer added.

In March 2013, a film was made to his name where Al Pacino played Spector in the movie “Phil Spector.”

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