Frank Sinatra Jr dies at the age of 72

Published: Thursday 17th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Frank Sinatra Jr, who carried on his famous father’s legacy with his own music career, has died at the age of 72.

The Sinatra family said in a statement that Sinatra died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle.

Kidnapped and held for ransom when he was 19, Sinatra Jr had already followed his father into the music business by then. He eventually worked for his father as his musical director and conductor.

He performed the National Anthem at a New York Yankees game last year.

Sinatra Jr was the son of Sinatra’s first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra, and the younger sister of Nancy, who had a successful musical career of her own.

Sinatra Jr grew up watching his father from the wings of the stage, and followed him into music as a teenager. The elder Sinatra died of a heart attack on May 14 1998, at 82.

Sinatra Jr provided a link to his father’s music after his death, performing his songs and arrangements on tours and especially in Las Vegas.

“Since my father’s death, a lot of people have made it clear that they’re not ready to give up the music,” he said in 2002. “For me, it’s a big fat gift. I get to sing with a big orchestra and get to sing orchestrations that will never be old.”

When Sinatra Jr was 19 in 1963, three men kidnapped him at gunpoint from a Lake Tahoe hotel. He was returned safely after two days when his family paid 240,000 dollars for his release.

Barry Keenan, a high school friend of Nancy Sinatra, was arrested with the other two suspects, Johnny Irwin and Joe Amsler, and convicted of conspiracy and kidnapping.

Keenan masterminded the kidnapping, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to life plus 75 years in prison, but was declared legally insane at the time of the crime, had his sentence reduced and was paroled in 1968 after serving four and a half years.

Published: Thursday 17th March 2016 by The News Editor

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