Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dead at 81

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 26: Music producer Phil Spector listens on the last day of the prosecution’s final rebuttal during closing arguments in his retrial on murder charges at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on March 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The case went to the jury today. Spector, 67, is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Lana Clarkson in February 2003. The first trial was declared a mistrial in September 26, 2007. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method who later was convicted of murder, has died at age 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 castle-like mansion on the edge of Los Angeles. After a trial in 2009, he was given a 19 years-to-life sentence.

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