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Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dead at 81

Music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles, May 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
Music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles, May 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary US music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died at age 81.

California state prison officials say Spector, who is Jewish, died yesterday of natural causes at a hospital.

Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his castle-like mansion on the edge of Los Angeles. After a trial in 2009, he was given a 19-years-to-life sentence.

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