Ronnie Spector has died aged 78 after “a brief battle with cancer”.
Spector was the lead singer of the American woman group The Ronettes who had been behind hits together with “Be My Baby”, “Baby I Love You”, and “Walking in the Rain”.
Spector’s household has issued an announcement asserting the singer’s demise.
“Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, left this world today after a brief battle with cancer,” reads the assertion.
Spector was “with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan [Greenfield]” when she died.
No different particulars surrounding the musician’s demise have been revealed.
The assertion continued: “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor [sic] and a smile on her face.
“Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.”
Spector’s household have requested that in lieu of flowers, the singer requested that donations be made to “your local women’s shelter or to The American Indian College Fund”.
Spector sang in The Ronettes alongside her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley. The group had been answerable for hits together with “Baby, I Love You” and “I Can Hear Music” (each launched in 1992).
The singer – born Veronica Bennett – grew up within the Washington Heights space of Manhattan, New York City.
Spector, Bennett and Talley started performing in golf equipment underneath the identify Ronnie and the Relatives.
After signing with revolutionary music producer and convicted assassin Phil Spector in 1963, nonetheless, the trio modified their identify to The Ronettes.
In 1964, the group launched their solely studio album, titled Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica. The report seems on Rolling Stone’s record of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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That similar 12 months, the band toured the UK with the Rolling Stones performing as their opening act.
The Ronettes grew to become the one woman group ever to tour with the Beatles after they opened for the British band on their 1966 US tour.
In 1968, Spector married Phil Spector. The two separated in 1972.
Phil died aged 81 in January last year. The former music producer died in jail, having been convicted of murdering actor Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Following the information of his demise, Spector remembered him as “a brilliant producer but a lousy husband”.
She wrote on Instagram: “Meeting him and falling in love was like a fairytale. The magical music we were able to make together, was inspired by our love. I loved him madly, and gave my heart and soul to him. As I said many times while he was alive, he was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband.”
Spector added that her former husband was “not able to live and function outside of the recording studio”, and that “darkness set in, [and] many lives were damaged”.
In her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby, Spector wrote that she was subjected to years of psychological abuse by her former husband, who stored her imprisoned in his California mansion and forbade her from making music or leaving the home with out a bodyguard current.
The singer additionally claimed that he repeatedly threatened to kill her, and that she forfeited all future report earnings of their 1974 divorce settlement as a consequence of his threats.
Emmy award winner Zendaya is reportedly in talks to play Spector in a forthcoming movie.
As reported by Deadline, A24 have secured the rights to The Ronettes musician’s life story.
Spector, who was as a consequence of work on the challenge as an government producer, reportedly straight requested that Zendaya play her within the movie.
Spector is survived by her husband, Jonathan Greenfield who she married in 1982, and her two sons, Jason and Austin.