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"She was filled with love" "The Ronettes"-Singer Ronnie Spector is dead

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Ronnie Spector became a world-renowned voice with hits like “Be My Baby.” The lead singer of US girl group The Ronettes has died at the age of 78.

Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the US girl band The Ronettes, is dead. She died of cancer at the age of 78. This was announced by the musician’s family in a statement on Wednesday.

“Our beloved angel on earth, Ronnie, left this world peacefully today after a short battle with cancer,” the family wrote. The singer, who was born Veronica Yvette Bennett, died surrounded by her family and in the arms of her husband, Johnathan Greenfield.

With her sister Estelle and her cousin Nedra Talley, Ronnie formed a singing trio in New York in the late 1950s, which was later discovered by the successful producer Phil Spector.

With thick make-up, high-backed black hair and tight skirts, the girl group put an end to the innocent appearance of many of their pop colleagues and embodied a rather wicked image. The trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“Ronnie lived her life with a wink, a bubbly attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,” the family statement said. “She was filled with love and gratitude. Her happy tone, playful manner and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.”

Well-known musicians expressed their sadness on social networks. “I loved her voice so much,” Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson wrote on Twitter. “It breaks my heart.” Singer Diane Warren paid tribute to the late colleague as “the voice of millions of teenage dreams, mine included”.

The singer was married for several years from 1968 to Phil Spector, who produced her greatest hits. In her memoirs, published in 1990, she described an abusive marriage, with beatings and death threats from her jealous and controlling husband. In 1982, the musician married her second husband, Jonathan Greenfield, with whom she has two children.

Record producer and convicted murderer Spector died in a California prison a year ago. Spector, who has also worked with music greats such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Tina Turner, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2009 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

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