American singer Ronnie Spector, known from the girl group The Ronettes,passed away on Wednesday at the age of 78. Spector’s family announce that she has died after a short fight with cancer.
The singer, who was born Veronica Bennett, founded The Ronettes in the late 1950s with her older sister and their niece. The group, which eventually broke up in 1974, scored hits with songs such as Be My Baby , Baby, I Love You and Walking in the Rain .
She survived an abusive marriage to the group’s producer, Phil Spector. She was married to him between 1968 and 1974. He was later convicted of murder. After her ex-husband’s death nearly a year ago, Ronnie Spector said, “As I’ve said many times when he was alive, he was a brilliant producer, but a bad husband.”
After the end of The Ronettes, Spector also released several solo albums, but she was unable to match the group’s success. Her latest record, English Heart , was released in 2016.
The singer leaves behind her husband Jonathan Greenfield and their two sons.