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Famed Music Producer And Convicted Murderer Phil Spector Dead At 81

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Grammy-winning music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector has died.

Spector died on Saturday, January 16 at the age of 81 at Stockton's California Health Care Facility, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

Spector had been jailed since 2009 for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Spector, who produced recordings by The Beatles, Tina Turner and Cher, was famous for his "Wall of Sound" production style.

He founded a music group named the Teddy Bears while he was a high school student, and their only hit, "To Know Him is to Love Him," reached No. 1 in 1958.

One of rock and roll's earliest self-made millionaires, Spector was described as "The First Tycoon of Teen."

A Grammy Award winning music producer, Spector was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

(Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

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