Frank Sinatra Jr, 72, dies suddenly on tour

Singer Frank Sinatra Jr © Fred Prouser
Frank Sinatra Jr, who followed in the footsteps of his legendary father, has died unexpectedly at the age of 72.

His sister Nancy Sinatra announced on Facebook that he had suffered cardiac arrest and ended her post with: “Sleep warm, Frankie”.

Sinatra Jr had been due to perform a concert on Wednesday evening in the US city of Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Sinatra family mourn the untimely passing of their son, brother, father, uncle, Frank Sinatra, Jr. of cardiac arrest...

Posted by Nancy Sinatra on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The second child and first son of Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Junior went on to become a musical director and conductor. He sang with the Tommy Dorsey band, a newer version of his father’s ensemble.

In 1963, when he was 19, he was famously kidnapped and held for a $240,000 ransom. The money was retrieved after the kidnappers were caught by police.

Sinatra Jr released six full-length albums, but was never successful with a hit song like his sister Nancy. He continued to perform in Las Vegas and had been on tour when he died.

In a recent interview, he told the Daytona Beach News-Journal he wasn’t disappointed about not reaching his father’s level of success.

“I think in my generation, when I came along in the early ’60s, the type of music that was in vogue in society in those days had moved onto another kind of music,” he said. “I was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store.”

He often made cameo appearances in famous television programs including Family Guy and The Sopranos, where he had a guest spot appearing as himself, light-heartedly making fun of stories about his father’s involvement with the mafia.

He is survived by his son, Michael.

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