The legendary “wall of sound” music producer Phil Spector has passed away at a Los Angeles hospital jail aged 81, four weeks after being hospitalized for Covid.
“California Health Care Facility inmate Philip Spector, 80, was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
Sources said that Phil, who was serving a 19-year sentence for murder and eligible for parole in four years, had recently been diagnosed with Covid.
The once millionaire and successful music producer had been convicted of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his mansion.
Prior to that, Phil had been hailed “the greatest record producer ever” and the “first tycoon of teen” by rock stars of the likes of John Lennon and Tom Wolfe.
“Let It Be”, “The Long and Winding Road”, “Imagine”, and “All Things Must Pass” are just a few of Spector’s contributions during his years as The Beatles producer.
His dark side, however, took over him and could be hinted on his violent music by fans and by many artists who testified seeing him more than once playing with guns and pointing them at people.
The musically gifted yet “dangerous” Rock’n Roll producer would in 2005 admit his psychological struggles at the murder trial.
“No sleep, depression, mood changes, mood swings, hard to live with, hard to concentrate, just hard – a hard time getting through life,” Spector said.
“I’ve been called a genius and I think a genius is not there all the time and has borderline insanity.”