The music world is mourning the loss of a ‘60s icon.

Ronnie SpectorLeader of the girls group The RonettesFollowing a short fight with cancer, she died at the age 78. 

Ronnie’s parents released an emotional statement Jan. 12 confirming the fact that Ronnie is indeed a child. Veronica Yvette BennettShe was at her family’s side and died “in the arms” of her husband. Jonathan Greenfield.

“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,” her family wrote. Her family wrote, “She was filled of love and gratefulness. All who heard, saw, or knew her will remember her joyful sounds, playful nature, and magic presence.  

They asked for privacy as they were going through a difficult time. However, they stated that Ronnie’s music and life would be celebrated in the near future.

Ronnie’s sister Ronnie was also a member at The Ronettes Estelle BennettAnd their cousin Nedra TalleyIn the mid-to-mid-1960s,, had a number of pop hits including “Be My Baby”, which was used later in the opening sequence for the film in 1987. Dirty Dancing(), “Baby I Love You”, “The Best Part of Breaking Up” and “Walking in the Rain”.