The namesake and only son of singer, actor, and producer Frank Sinatra died Wednesday (March 16) at age 72. Frank Sinatra Jr. was on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida, when he died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest according to a statement from the Sinatra family.
Sinatra Jr. was scheduled to perform at the Peabody Daytona Beach Wednesday night as part of his “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” tour singing his father’s songs.
Sinatra Jr. worked for his famous father as a director and conductor until his father's death in 1998. He carried on the family legacy and became a successful musician in his own right releasing a half dozen albums and traveling the world singing the songs of his father. Sinatra Jr. also appeared in a number of television shows including the Smothers Brothers Show, Dean Martin Show, and Adam-12.
One of the most memorable stories of Frank Sinatra Jr.'s life was his kidnapping from Harrah's Lake Tahoe when he was 19. His father paid a ransom of $240,000 before he was released.
Several years ago, Sinatra Jr. admitted that being the son of one of the most popular singers to ever grace the stage was both a blessing and a curse.
“You have to work three times harder than the guy off the street,” he told Nat Hentoff for the book “The Other Frank Sinatra.”
In December 2015, stars from every music genre gathered to honor Frank Sinatra Sr. on what would have been his 100th birthday. Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks represented Music City with stunning covers of some of our favorite Frank Sinatra tunes. Our favorite cover of the night was Carrie Underwood singing "Someone To Watch Over Me." See the video below.
Funeral arrangements for Frank Sinatra Jr. are pending. Our prayers are with the Sinatra family.
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