American music producer Phil Spector has died from Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81.
Spector was diagnosed with Covid four weeks ago and was transferred from his prison cell at California Health Care Facility, where he was serving a 19 years-to-life sentence for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson, to a hospital, reports the Daily Mail.
He recovered enough to return to jail but he relapsed and struggled with breathing and returned to a hospital where he died Saturday, as per TMZ.
The California Department of Corrections confirmed his passing and he was pronounced dead of natural causes at 6.35pm Saturday.
A medical examiner will determine his exact cause of death.
Music producer Phil Spector died Satruday from Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81. Pictured in court in February 2004 in California
The famed musician, born in the Bronx of New York City, developed the Wall of Sound a technique of that has a roaring effect, dubbed the 'Wagnerian approach to rock 'n' roll,' that was popular in the '60s.
He was eight years old when his father killed himself and his mother moved their family to Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High in 1954, where alumni included songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who would play an important role in his early career, according to Variety.
He wrote, co-wrote and produced acts for the likes of the Ronettes, the Crystals, and Ike & Tina Turner.
He started his career by producing his first hit 'To Know Him is To Love Him' by the Teddy Bears when he was still in high school.
From there his career skyrocketed and he produced hits including 'Be My Baby' by the Ronnettes and 'He's a Rebel' by The Crystals.
In 1969 he produced the Beatles' album Let It Be and several solo records for John Lennon and George Harrison.