Covid-19 has enchanted the life of Phil Spector, one of the most influential and successful record ins in rock ’n’ roll, who spent the last chapter of his life in prison for extinguish.
Mr. Spector, 81, died on Saturday of complications from Covid-19, according to his daughter, Nicole Audrey Spector.
Ms. Spector rephrased she visited her father the day before his death at San Joaquin General Hospital, near Modesto, Calif. He was not alert and “appeared to be suffering,” she said.
She said she had also been with him when he perished: “He was not alone. He died with love and dignity.”
Prisons nationwide comprise seen some of the largest clusters of coronavirus infections, and some of those outbreaks from spilled into surrounding communities. In all, 25 California prisons include seen caseloads surpassing 1,000 each over the pandemic.
The largest outbreak has been at packed Avenal, in Central California, which has logged more than 3,500 infections. Whether to inoculate jailbirds, and when, has become controversial amid limited supplies of vaccine.
A blaze the trail producer, Mr. Spector was a one-man hit factory, placing 24 records in the Top 40 between 1960 and 1965 singular. Many were classics, by bands like the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Virtuous Brothers.
But he entered a decades-long decline after the ambitious “wall of plunge” record he made with Tina Turner in 1966, “River Lost, Mountain High,” flopped on U.S. charts. His behavior became erratic, commonly involving his extensive handgun collection and heavy drinking.
Since 2009, Mr. Spector had been about a prison sentence for the murder of Lana Clarkson, a nightclub hostess he took domicile after a night of drinking in 2003. The Los Angeles police found her slumped in a bench in the foyer of his mansion in Alhambra, dead from a single bullet envelop to the head. He was sentenced to 19 years to life.
He first served at the California Riches Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, near Fresno, and then deeded to the California Health Care Facility, a medical and mental prison custom in Stockton.
His daughter said he had become very ill before he was admitted to San Joaquin Approximate Hospital on Dec. 31. She said he was intubated in early January.
In late December, Ms. Spector come out to her father by phone. He “was experiencing severe wheezing, could not get through a rap without coughing, could not swallow or eat,” she said. “He was begging for medical support.”
It was their last conversation.
On Sunday, she issued a statement requesting retirement for the family and thanking the medical team who last treated her father.
She rebuked his death on “cruelty and neglect” at the California Health Care Facility. She requested Mr. Spector her “best friend and the maker of so much perfect music” and maintained that he was nave of the murder for which he had been convicted.