Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, died on Wednesday at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.

Spector’s family wrote in a statement that the singer died peacefully alongside family.

“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,” her family wrote.


“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,” her family added.

Spector was the lead singer of the Ronettes, an all-female group that performed the hits “Baby, I Love You,” “Walking in the Rain,” “I Can Hear Music” and “Be My Baby."

Spector’s sister, Estelle Bennett, and cousin, Nedra Talley, were also members of the powerhouse girl group.

Born Veronica Bennett, Spector was raised in Harlem in 1943. She created the Ronettes when she was a teenager and put out their first record in 1961.

After the Ronettes broke up in 1967, Spector continued to release music and go on tours, singing Billy Joel’s song "Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” Jimi Hendrix’s recording of “Earth Blues,” and recording a duet of “Take Me Home Tonight” with Eddie Money.

She also wrote a memoir, titled “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness,” which was released in 2004.

Spector’s family said she asked that donations be made to local women’s shelters or the American Indian College Fund.

“A celebration of Ronnie’s life and music will be announced in the future,” the family added.