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Convicted murderer PHIL SPECTOR is hospitalized and near death, The ENQUIRER has learned.
The notorious music producer, 74, was rushed to a medical facility after his already fragile health took a turn for the worse, his attorney said. Spector has been serving 19 years to life since 2009, when he was found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson.
But his attorneys have filed an appeal asking for a review of his murder conviction and, in legal documents filed July 1 and obtained by The ENQUIRER, Spector’s legal team cited his rapidly declining health in asking the court to expedite their review.
“He was taken to the hospital this week. In fact, he was rushed,” Spector’s attorney Charles Sevilla told The ENQUIRER. “It’s bad. He’s in frail health with a host of very serious problems.”
Without detailing Spector’s ailments, Sevilla said his wig-wearing client’s condition has deteriorated since his incarceration at California’s Corcoran State Prison. Spector was in the inmate hospital at the Stockton, Calif., jail when he was taken to another medical facility, said Sevilla.
“They don’t rush you to the hospital when you’re in a prison hospital unless it’s serious,” Sevilla added. “He wasn’t in the best of health going in and, needless to say, it hasn’t gotten better over the years.”
Spector shot to stardom after writing and producing the hit song, “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” at age 18. He later developed his trademark Wall of Sound and dominated the ‘60s charts as a producer. But he turned into a recluse, and high-profile case ended in a mistrial in 2007 when jurors failed to reach a verdict.
Two years later, another jury convicted Spector of second-degree murder and illegally discharging a firearm. An appeal, based on the argument that the trial judge violated Spector’s constitutional rights, was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The appeal was rejected in February 2012. Another appeal was filed months later, and remains pending. Spector “is in frail health with a host of maladies that require care,” said Sevilla. “We want a decision from the court.”