Ronnie Spector dead at 78 – cause of death revealed for The Ronettes star who sang ‘Be My Baby’ and married Phil Spector

RONNIE Spector has died aged 78, her family has revealed.

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

Spector was the lead singer of the girl group that formed in the early ’60s and also celebrated hits like “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain”.

She also married Svengali producer Phil Spector in 1968, who suffered years of abuse and death threats before finally fleeing their mansion barefoot in 1972 with the help of her mother.

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

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

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  • She was known for her powerful voice

    They were known for their sexy looks and powerful voices, as well as scoring many of their biggest hits.

    “We weren’t scared of being hot. That was our gimmick,” Spector said in her memoir.

    “When we saw the Shirelles take the stage in their baggy party dresses, we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find.

    “Then we would go on stage and pull them up to show our legs even more.”

  • The group toured with some big names

    The Ronettes became friends with the Beatles and toured with the Rolling Stones at the height of their fame as one of the leading acts of the girl group era.

    Spector’s sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley made up the other members of the group.

  • “She was full of love and gratitude”

    Her family said she had a brief battle with cancer in a statement announcing her death, but no further details were given.

    “Ronnie lived her life with a wink, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,” her family said.

    “She was filled with love and gratitude.”

  • Ronnie Spector has died at the age of 78

    SINGER Ronnie Spector, best known for hits like ‘Be My Baby’, died on Wednesday aged 78 after a brief battle with cancer.

    The rock ‘n’ roll siren was the leader of girl group The Ronettes, which also celebrated hits like “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain.”

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