“The manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and neck,” Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman David Campbell said. “How the injury occurred was she was shot by another person.” There has been no evidence so far that anyone was in the house besides Clarkson and Spector at the time of the shooting.
Campbell said the report was sealed at the request of prosecutors, who were expected to decide this week what charges, if any, Spector should face in Clarkson’s death.
Campbell added that coroner’s officials based their decision on an autopsy of Clarkson’s body as well as a long investigation by police into the circumstances of her Feb. 3 death.
Spector’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment on the report. The body of Clarkson, who starred in such films as “Amazon Women on the Moon” and “The Barbarian Queen,” was found in a pool of blood in the marble foyer of Spector’s 33-room mock castle hours after she accompanied him home from the Sunset Strip nightclub where she had been working.
The 62-year-old rock producer, known for his “Wall of Sound” recording technique, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder but quickly freed on $1 million bail. Since then, circumstances of Clarkson’s death have remained murky.
Spector touched off a furor in June by telling Esquire Magazine that Clarkson killed herself by putting a gun in her mouth and blowing her head off, details about the incident that he apparently had not shared with police.
“She kissed the gun, I have no idea why,” Spector told the magazine.