Ronnie Spector Breaks Silence On Death Of Ex-Husband And Convicted Murderer Phil Spector

Ronnie Spector took to Instagram and remembered Phil as “a brilliant producer but a lousy husband” in her post.

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Convicted murderer and former music producer Phil Spector died in prison on 16 January at the age of 81. He was serving a life sentence for murdering the actor Lana Clarkson in 2003. His wife, Ronnie Spector has broken her silence on the death of her former husband.


Ronnie was married to the Grammy Award-winner from 1968 until 1974. She took to Instagram and remembered him as “a brilliant producer but a lousy husband” in her post.

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She wrote that it is a sad day for music as well as for her. For her, she knew she was working with the very best, while watching Phil in the recording studio.

She continued: “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.”

However, Ronnie further added that her former husband was not able to live and function outside of the recording studio. Darkness set in which damaged many lives.

In her memoir, Be My Baby (1990), Ronnie wrote that she was subjected to years of psychological abuse by her former husband, Phil Spector. He used to keep her imprisoned in his California mansion and forbade her from making music or leaving the house without a bodyguard present. However, she fled the mansion and their marriage. While doing that she was barefoot, as her husband had stolen all of her shoes to prevent her from leaving.


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Ronnie also claimed that Phil repeatedly threatened to kill her. This was the reason she forfeited all future record earnings in their 1974 divorce settlement. He rose to fame working with Ronnie’s former pop group The Ronettes, and served as a producer on albums by acts including The Beatles, The Crystals and The Ramones.

Take a look at her Instagram post here:

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