Frank Sinatra, Jr. Dead at 72




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


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


Sinatra Jr. grew up watching his legendary father from the wings of the stage, and followed him into music as a teenager, eventually working for the senior Sinatra as his musical director and conductor.


The kidnapping of Sinatra Jr. as a young man for two days added a bizarre chapter to their lives. His father reportedly paid a $250,000 ransom to recover his son.

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