Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes Dies at 78 After Battling Cancer

Ronnie Spector, the frontwoman of the 1960s all-girl group the Ronettes, died at the age of 78 after battling cancer, her family said in a statement.

“Ronnie peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan,” the statement on her website said.

“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face.  She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature, and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard, or saw her,” the statement further said.

Born as Veronica Yvette Bennett in 1973, Spector formed the Ronettes in 1957 with her older sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley.

The trio opened for major rock bands such as The Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. They toured the United States in 1966 as a support act to the Beatles.

Spector’s hits with the Ronettes include “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You,” and “Walking in the Rain.”

After the group split in 1967, Spector started a solo career and continued to release music throughout her life. Her most recent album was released in 2016 titled, “English Heart.”

Spector also escaped her first marriage with the group’s producer Phil, who died in 2021 while serving a prison sentence for murder.

Spector is survived by her second husband Jonathan Greenford and their two sons Jason and Austin.

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