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Ronnie Spector tributes: Ronettes icon dies age 78 after cancer battle – exactly one year after death of ex-husband Phil

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RONNIE Spector has died at the age of 78 her family have revealed.

The Ronettes legend was an extraordinary singer best known around the world for hits including “Be My Baby”.

Spector was lead singer in the girl group, which formed in the early 1960s and also celebrated hits like “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain.”

She also married svengali producer Phil Spector in 1968, suffering years of abuse and death threats before eventually escaping their mansion in 1972 in a barefoot dash with the help of her mother.

When Spector – who was later convicted of murder – died in January 2021 age 81, Ronnie said “He was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband”.

Ronnie’s family yesterday released a statement announcing her death, saying she had a brief battle with cancer but no other details were revealed.

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