Phil Spector dead – Convicted murderer and music producer dies at 81 'from Covid in prison'

PHIL Spector has died at the age of 81.

The convicted murderer and "wall of sound" music producer died on Saturday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Sources told TMZ the jailed producer died of Covid complications, but the CDCR said the cause of death is under investigation.

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 was serving a 19-year prison sentence for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson
  • The disgraced producer was reportedly confirmed to have coronavirus four weeks ago
  • His ex-wife said she "cares" for the murderer
  • Spector was recently seen with a new look in a prison picture
  • Behind-the-scene pictures gave details on The Beatles – whose Let It Be album was produced by Spector decades before his murder conviction

He reportedly relapsed, however, and died on Saturday after being taken to the hospital.

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.

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.

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 had three wives throughout his life: Spectors Three vocalist Annette Merar; The Ronettes singer Veronica Bennett, later known as Ronnie Spector; and Rachelle Short.

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.

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.

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