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Timeless Crooner Frank Sinatra, Jr. Dead at 72

Frank Sinatra, Jr., son of the legendary crooner of the same name, passed away on March 16, 2016. He was 72 years old. Nancy Sinatra, Frank Jr.’s sister, stated that he died of cardiac arrest.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. passed away at the age of 72.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. received much media attention in 1963, when he was kidnapped at the age of 19. He was held hostage for 3 days, with the kidnappers demanding ransom for his release. Frank Sinatra, Sr. paid the $240,000 ransom to get his son released.

The kidnappers were caught when one of them confessed to his brother, who then reported him to the FBI. When put on trial, the kidnappers’ attorney tried to argue that the whole event was simply a publicity stunt to help Frank Jr.’s singing career. However, the kidnappers were unable to provide any evidence and were ultimately convicted.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. spoke often about his tumultuous relationship with his famous father. With the elder’s fame and frequent travel, it was difficult for the two to maintain a close relationship.

“He was a good father as much as it was within his power,” Frank Jr. stated. “A famous father means that in order to prove yourself you have to work three times harder than the guy off the street.”

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. lived in the shadow of his famous father.

Though he never reached the same level of success as his father, Frank Sinatra, Jr. maintained a steady career as a singer. He understood that timing is everything. “The type of music that was in vogue in society in those days [the early ’60s] had moved on. I was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store,” Sinatra, Jr. said.

Sinatra, Jr. released 7 albums, continued to perform in Las Vegas, and made several television appearances, including on the popular cartoon Family Guy.

Frank Sinatra, Sr. died at the age of 82 in 1998.

-BandRumors Staff 

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