Frank Sinatra Jr. dies at 72
FLORIDA (KUSI) – Frank Sinatra Jr. passed away Wednesday from a heart attack in a Daytona Beach hospital at the age of 72.
According to the Washington Post, the singer was in Daytona Beach for a concert, but was admitted to the hospital when he complained of feeling lightheaded. He suffered a heart attacked while still admitted.
Sinatra, Jr. was the son of singer and actor Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy. He was the younger brother of actress Nancy Sinatra and the older brother of TV producer, Tina Sinatra," according to New York Daily News.
While not as popular as his father, Sinatra Jr. is mostly famously known for his 1963 kidnapping from Lake Tahoe.
According to the Washington Post, he was found walking the streets of Bel Air, Calif., after a $240,000 ransom had been paid.
RIP Frank Sinatra Jr 1944-2016 (Frank Jr seen here with his father, Dean Martin and Dino Martin) pic.twitter.com/4nJsR8PB1l
— Audrey Hepburn (@SoAudreyHepburn) March 17, 2016
Sinatra Jr. recorded several albums and appeared on several TV shows from the Smothers Brother and Dean Martin shows to “Adam-12.” He also worked as his father’s conductor and musical director in the later years of his career.
“Sinatra, Jr. might have had an easier time establishing himself had he gone into real estate. But his show made me awfully glad he decided music was his calling. There aren’t too many singers around with Sinatra’s depth of experience in big band music, or his knowledge of the classic American songbook. There are even fewer with such real feeling for the lyrics of a song, and such a knack for investing a song with style and personality,” wrote music critic Richard Ginell in a 2003 Daily Variety review of his concert.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, the family said they’re mourning the the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle.
No other details were provided.