Houston Chronicle

Famed music producer, convict Spector dies at 81

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LOS ANGELES — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolution­ary music producer who transforme­d rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81.

California state prison officials said he died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital.

Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his castlelike mansion on the edge of Los Angeles.

After a trial in 2009, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life.

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