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Monday 23 October 2017

New Spector photos show shock toll prison has taken

newly-released photos of Phil Spector show the toll of age and prison on the once flamboyant music legend.

The most recent image shows a bald, sombre-looking 73-year-old Spector staring straight into the camera last October 28. An earlier photo of a smiling Spector is from three months earlier.

A California Department of Corrections spokeswoman said the October photo was taken when Spector was moved to the prison system's California Heath Care Facility in Stockton.

The music producer, who is serving 19 years to life for the 2003 killing of actress Lana Clarkson, revolutionised rock music with his "Wall of Sound" before his genius was eclipsed by decades of bizarre behaviour that culminated in his conviction for murder.

He argued that Clarkson, despondent over a fading acting career, killed herself at his castle-like home.

His first jury deadlocked, but a second on e found him guilty of second-degree murder in 2009. By then, he had married his much-younger wife, Rachelle, who was at his side throughout the trials and still lives in his home.

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