Ronnie Spector Dead at 78

The iconic singer died following a brief battle with cancer, according to a statement from her family
Ronnie Spector Dead at 78
Ronnie Spector — icon of the 1960s who sang such classics as "Be My Baby," "Walking in the Rain" and "Baby, I Love You" with her girl group the Ronettes — has died at age 78. 

Spector's passing was confirmed with a statement posted to her official website by her family, who wrote: 

Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan. 

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.  
In lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested that donations be made to your local women's shelter or to the American Indian College Fund.

A celebration of Ronnie's life and music will be announced in the future.

The family respectfully asks for privacy at this time.

Spector has been called the "bad girl of rock and roll," and had several era-defining hits both with the Ronettes and as a solo artist. In 1990 she published her memoir Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette.

Revisit "Be My Baby" below.