Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Phil Spector (died January 16th, aged 81)

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Record producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector died in an outside hospital on January 16th at the age of 81. Spector’s daughter, Nicole, attributed her father’s death to complications of COVID-19, which he contracted in December 2020 while serving his prison sentence. Spector would have been eligible for parole in 2024.

Regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop music history and one of the most successful producers of the 1960s, Spector produced the Beatles’ 1970 song Let It Be and several solo records by John Lennon and George Harrison. His chart-toppers included Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Beatles’ The Long and Winding Road, and Harrison’s My Sweet Lord.  In 2009, after spending three decades in semi-retirement, Spector was convicted for the 2003 murder of the actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

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