Ex-music producer and convicted killer Phil Spector dies

Disgraced former music producer Phil Spector has died aged 81.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed he died of natural causes on Saturday evening.

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Image of Spector dated 19 November 2019 (Pic: CDCR)

TMZ says the 81-year-old was diagnosed with coronavirus four weeks ago and was transferred from his prison cell to a hospital.

It is understood he recovered enough to return to prison but relapsed, had trouble breathing and was rushed back to the hospital, where he died.

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation statement said: “His official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.”

Spector was serving 19 years to life after shooting the actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003.

He always maintained his innocence and claimed Clarkson died from accidental suicide.

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He was jailed for 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson

Known for his Wall of Sound production method, he worked with a number of stars in the 1960s, co-writing the Righteous Brothers hit You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.

He produced The Beatles’ album Let It Be in 1970.