PHIL Spector has died at the age of 81.
Phil Spector is reportedly dead at 81Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Spector was serving a 19-year prison sentence for the murder of actress Lana ClarksonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Spector is seen during court proceedings in 2005Credit: AP:Associated Press
Spector had been serving a 19-year sentence in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
“California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector, 80, was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital,” the CDCR said in a statement.
Spector had been hospitalized after his coronavirus diagnosis four weeks ago and returned to jail, sources told TMZ.
Word of Spector’s death came as:
He reportedly relapsed, however, and died on Saturday after being taken to the hospital.
The 81-year-old died on Saturday eveningCredit: AFP
Officials have not yet released a cause of deathCredit: AP:Associated Press
Officials said Spector’s official cause of death is under investigationCredit: Getty Images – Getty
CDCR said the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office will confirm the cause of death.
The late producer had been involved with a number of great hits – and mixed albums for top names including The Beatles.
He produced for other artists, including The Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina, and The Ronettes.
Spector became known for the “wall of sound” music technique.
The producer was known for his ‘wall of sound’ music techniqueCredit: Rex Features
Spector is seen with his ex-wife Rachelle Short after jury selection for his murder trial in March 2007Credit: Reuters
He used a roaring effect in music which he discovered in a tunnel near Hollywood Blvd – which he dubbed the “Wagnerian approach to rock ‘n’ roll,” TMZ reports.
Spector was imprisoned after he fatally shot actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Although the first court proceedings led to a declared mistrial, a retrial that started in October 2008 led to him being found guilty of second-degree murder, according to Biography.
In his career, Spector produced albums for bands incluing The Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina, and The Ronettes.Credit: Rex Features
Spector is seen leaving a LOs Angeles courthouse after jury selection in March 2007Credit: Reuters
Spector would have been eligible for parole in 2025Credit: Handout
He was eligible for parole in 2025.
Al Pacino played the disgraced producer in a 2013 movie on his murder trial, titled Phil Spector.
Spector recently was seen with a new look as he appeared bald in his latest prison snap.
The picture came after he became known for his use of wigs during his trials.
Spector produced The Beatles’ Let It Be
The convicted murderer was eligible for parole in 2025Credit: Rex Features
Word of Spector’s death spread quickly on Sunday, with people commenting on his life.
“Phil Spector has died. He was genius and lunacy wrapped up in one,” one user wrote.
“It’s a shame that the incredible music he produced is tainted with the horrors of his personal life,” they added.