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Phil Spector in a Los Angeles court during the trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson

Legendary American producer Phil Spector, who revolutionized pop music in the 1960s but ended up in prison with the murder of an actress, passed away at 81, California prison authorities reported.

Spector was pronounced dead on Saturday and his “official cause of death will be determined by the forensic doctor ”, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The portal of entertainment TMZ said the producer He died of complications from covid-19, which he contracted in prison. He was diagnosed four weeks ago and died in the hospital where he had been transferred for respiratory problems after an apparent improvement in health.

Spector, one of the most acclaimed producers of modern music and creator of the “wall of sound”, since 2009 he was serving a sentence in a California prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

The eccentric producer made his fame in the recording industry behind the careers of Tina Turner, The Beatles and the Righteous Brothers and created a technique called “wall of sound”, with a lush and dense bass orchestration and backing, which was key in rock recordings.

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