Ronettes singer Ronnie Spector dead at 78

Ronnie Spector circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Ronnie Spector circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Ronnie Spector, singer of the 1960s hits "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You", has died at the age of 78, her family said in a statement.

Spector, leader of the girl group The Ronettes, died surrounded by family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan, after a brief battle with cancer, the statement 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," the family said.

"Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her," they added.

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