Thursday, March 17, 2016

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies from Heart Attack!

Photo from Nancy Sinatra's Facebook page.
Seldom have there been such father/son legacies as that of Frank Sinatra and his son, Frank Jr.  The only ones that come to mind at this moment are those of the Madison's; John and John Quincy, and the Earnhardt's; Dale and Dale Jr.  Today, sadly, the last chapter was written and that legacy came to a conclusion.

According to a statement given by the Sinatra family to the Associated Press, Sinatra was on tour in Daytona Beach when he suffered a heart attack and died, at 72 years of age.

Frank Jr. is famous not only for his own musical career in which he kept his father's music alive, but also for having been kidnapped, as a young man.  On Dec. 8, 1963, at age 19, he was abducted from his family's hotel room at Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe, CA.  It was two day later when he was released after a $240,000 ransom was paid.  His kidnappers were later arrested and convicted when their defense claim that it was Sinatra who had planned the kidnapping, failed to convince a jury.

Lise Avery, host of "Anything Goes", heard locally weekends on WMRD AM 1150, has interviewed Frank Jr. on occasion and over the years had become friends with him.  She has often spoke of his kindness and generosity.  He was genuinely a nice man.

Born in Jersey City in 1943, Frank Jr. is survived by his mother, Nancy, two sisters, Nancy and Tina, and son, Michael.

The Washington Post has a good article on Frank Jr., here.

In this video, Frank Jr. sings "New York, New York" and "Strangers in the Night".

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