Phil Spector’s ex-wife Rachelle Short ‘leaves murder mansion as home is finally being sold’ amid row after death

PHIL Spector’s murder mansion is finally being sold after two years on the market – as his ex-wife appears to have moved out of the notorious California estate, The Sun can reveal.

The nine-bedroom, 10 bathroom property in Alhambra – named Pyrenees Castle – was bought back in 1998 by the record producer, who died on Saturday from coronavirus complications.

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Recording producer Spector died on Saturday, weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19[/caption]

At the time of his death, Spector was serving a 19-year prison sentence for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who he shot dead at the mansion in 2003.

Police discovered her slumped in a chair in the foyer of the lavish home, dead from a single bullet wound to the head.

The home was originally listed at $5.5million in March of 2019 as part of his divorce settlement with ex-wife Rachelle Short, who he married in 2006 while he was in jail and awaiting trial.

But the mansion lingered and after a number of price cuts it was finally listed for $3,998,000.

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The mansion was originally on the market for $5.5million after his wife Rachelle filed for divorce[/caption]

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Phil, who died aged 81, was a famous pop producer who worked with everyone from The Beatles to The Ronettes[/caption]

Los Angeles realtor Tim Durkovic confirmed to The Sun the home is now in escrow as new buyers look to seal the deal and pick up the property – and its past – for an undisclosed amount.

The home was originally listed at $5.5million in March of 2019 but the mansion lingered and after a number of price cuts it is now listed for $3,998,000.

Phil’s ex-wife Rachelle Short is believed to have vacated the home already.

A recent visit confirmed that overgrown palm trees, evergreen trees and weeds can be seen surrounding the home, with one large tree having crashed through a fence.

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The house went on the market after Spector filed for divorce in 2016[/caption]

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Rachelle is now believed to have vacated the home in Alhambra, California[/caption]

A neighbor, who wishes not to be named, told The Sun: “There are too many overgrown trees, it’s annoying.

“We heard the property is in escrow and are happy it’s finally being sold, hopefully somebody can look after it more.”

The neighbor added it was “upsetting” Spector had passed away, and said he hadn’t seen Rachelle in a number of weeks – while the house appeared to be quiet after news of his death.

The aspiring singer and pilot, 41, previously spoke out about the property and said the feedback from potential buyers had been “very positive.”

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The couple parted ways in 2016, after Spector filed for divorce from jail[/caption]

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Damage to the fence can be seen after a tree collapsed on top of it[/caption]

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Rachelle said: “I’ve lived there 17 years and have done a lot of work to restore it.

“There was a lot of love that went into making that house a home, I have such a personal attachment and love for it.

“But sometimes you have to move on and create new memories.”

She also claimed that she still cared for Spector, 81, even though he refused to communicate with her following their divorce.

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Rachelle, 41, spoke out before her ex’s death and said she still cared for him[/caption]

Rachelle said: “I loved my husband and was proud to be his wife and it was unfortunate circumstances which led to this situation.”

Let It Be producer Spector and Rachelle, then 26, married in September 2006 while he was on bail for the killing.

Spector claimed that 40-year-old Lana had killed herself in the foyer of his mansion but prosecutors successfully argued that he was a “demonic maniac” who liked to play Russian roulette with women’s lives.

In 2016, Spector filed for divorce from the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

When the divorce was finalized the couple agreed to sell Pyrenees Castle and split the proceeds.

The Sun has reached out to Rachelle Short for comment.


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