Ronnie Spector, singer and founder of the legendary group The Ronettes, died Wednesday of cancer at age 78 in Connecticut, his family said in a statement.
Ronnie, born and baptized as Veronica Yvette Bernett, will be remembered along with her group for her two main hits “Be my baby” and “Baby I love you”, covered by groups of all styles for decades.
The Ronettes, one of the most famous “girl groups” in vogue in the sixties and seventies and that was born in the New York neighborhood of Harlem, was formed in 1957 by Ronnie, his sister Esthelle and their cousin Nedra Talley.
A battle against cancer
Much of their fame is due to their association with the famous Phil Spector, true King Midas of pop music, who married Ronnie (hence her married name) in a marriage that lasted until 1972.
“Our beloved earthly angel, Ronnie, left this world today after a brief battle with cancer,” his family said in a statement.
They also added that “she was (accompanied) by her family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan.”
Family asked for discretion
They also asked for privacy at this time and promised “a celebration of Ronni’s life and his music that will be announced later.”
The family states that Ronnie asked that instead of flowers, those who wish to donate to local women’s shelters or the American Indian College Fund.
“Ronnie lived life with a sparkle in his eye, a proud attitude, a great sense of humor and a smile on his face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” the family concludes.
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