Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. dies at 72

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Frank Sinatra Jr. Dead at 72


Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. died Wednesday at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. He was 72.

The Sinatra family said in a statement released to The Associated Press that the singer died of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach. He was set to perform at the Peabody Auditorium, but the concert was canceled after he fell ill and was taken to the medical center.

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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11: Frank Sinatra Jr. performs during the Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, a Multimedia Centennial Celebration at the Knight Concert Hall within the Adrienne Arsht Center on March 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11: Frank Sinatra Jr. performs during the Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, a Multimedia Centennial Celebration at the Knight Concert Hall within the Adrienne Arsht Center on March 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Frank Sinatra, Jr. attends Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades on November 5, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Frank Sinatra Jr. attends Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades on November 5, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - MARCH 03: Frank Sinatra, Jr. performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
COCONUT CREEK, FL - JULY 12: Frank Sinatra Jr. performs at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on July 12, 2012 in Coconut Creek, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Frank Sinatra Jr. attends 'Unseen Sinatra: Carnegie Hall, 1980' at The Paley Center for Media on November 3, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. promotes 'Sinatra: New York' at J&R Music and Computer World on November 3, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 31: Frank Sinatra Jr. performs at the Blue Note Jazz Club on May 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. during Frank Sinatra Jr. Live in Concert at the Hilton in Atlantic City at Hilton Showroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Nick Valinote/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - JANUARY 9: Frank Sinatra Jr. performs at Hard Rock Live, in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, January 9, 2006 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Tina Sinatra and Quincy Jones *Exclusive Coverage* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 22: Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. (R) arrives at the premiere of Paramounts' 'The Manchurian Candidate' at the Samual Goldwyn Theater on July 22, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra Jr. Performs at KLAC's Mistletoe and Martinis Concert Event (Photo by Bryan Linden/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. during Frank Sinatra Jr. News Conference at Umberto's Clam House in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. during Milton Berle's 90th Birthday Party at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. during Dream Street Foundation Honors Larry King - September 16, 1995 at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 May 1992. Artist: Denis Williams. (Photo by National Jazz Archive/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: Frank Sinatra Jr. hugs his sister, Nancy Sinatra, at Tavern on the Green. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Anita Hegerland, Frank Sinatra jr., Aftershow-Party nach 'Unicef'-Benefiz-Gala, Nightclub 'Alexandras', Stockholm, Schweden, Europa, Feier, feiern, Nachtclub, Kette, Schmuck, Pelz-Mantel, Sängerin, Sänger, NB/DR, 01.12.1985; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra Jr. during 75th Birthday Party for Milton Berle Hosted by the Friars at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Melissa Sue Anderson and Frank Sinatra Jr. during Variety International Humanitarian Award Honoring Frank Sinatra at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOVE BOAT - 'Cindy/Play by Play/What's a Brother For?' which aired on October 27, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRANK SINATRA JR;MELISSA SUE ANDERSON
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 23: Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr. at Friars Club. (Photo by Dan Jacino/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Hugh Lambert, Nancy Sinatra Jr., and Frank Sinatra Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. and Guest during Frank Sinatra Jr. Opening - January 26, 1969 at Rainbow Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE PATTY DUKE SHOW - 'Every Girl Should Be Married' which aired on January 6, 1965. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRANK SINATRA JR;PATTY DUKE
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Frank Sinatra with his son Frank Sinatra Jr. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
1963: Headshot of American vocalist Frank Sinatra Jr. wearing a tuxedo while standing in front of the dressing room door he shared with other performers at Madison Square Garden, New York City. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW - Airdate: November 22, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: FRANK SINATRA;FRANK SINATRA, JR.
1947: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra combs the hair of his son, Frank Jr, on the set of director Richard Whorf's film, 'It Happened in Brooklyn,' in which Sinatra Sr starred. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Sinatra Jr. was the son of iconic crooner Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra.

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He began performing musically in his early teens and occasionally appeared alongside his sister, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" singer Nancy Sinatra, on a number of TV variety programs.

At 19, Sinatra Jr. was the victim of a kidnapping when he was forcibly taken by three captors from his hotel room at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. He was released after two days when his father paid the kidnappers' $240,000 ransom demands.

The kidnapping became worldwide news, and it wasn't long before authorities captured and convicted all three men responsible.

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Two years after the kidnapping, Sinatra Jr. released his first album, Young Love For Sale, in 1965. He and went on to record five other solo albums, most recently 2006's That Face!

Sinatra is survived by his son, Michael Sinatra, from his relationship with ex-wife Cynthia McMurry, and his sisters Nancy and Tina Sinatra.


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January 1 -- Former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., seen here in 2006, passed away at the age of 90. Bumpers' signature moment on the national stage came in 1999, just weeks after leaving the Senate, when he defended Pres. Bill Clinton — who had worked for a challenger's 1974 campaign — before the U.S. Senate during his impeachment trial.

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January 4 -- Robert Stigwood, manager of the Bee Gees and Cream.

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January 4 -- Country singer Craig Strickland was found dead at age 29 from hypothermia.

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January 6 -- Pat Harrington, Jr., actor in 'One Day at a Time,' died at 86 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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January 11 -- Singer David Bowie died after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.

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January 14 -- Actor Alan Rickman, popular for playing Professor Snape in the 'Harry Potter' films, died at 69 after battling cancer.

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January 18 -- Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles, died at age 67 due to complications from multiple ailments.

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January 29 -- Paul Kantner, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of the band Jefferson Airplane, passed away at age 74 of multiple organ failure following a heart attack.

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February 2 -- Jibri Bryan, #34, of the Mercer Bears was killed in a shooting at age 23.

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February 4 -- Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died from the effects of Parkinson's disease at age 74.

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February 4 -- Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon, passed away at 85 under hospice care.

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February 13 -- United States Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia.

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February 19 -- Author of the beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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March 9 -- Beatles producer Sir George Martin passed away at age 90, as announced by Ringo Starr on Twitter.

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March 16 -- Singer Frank Sinatra Jr.

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March 24 -- Comedian Garry Shandling at age 66. 

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March 29 -- Oscar winning actress Patty Duke, at the age of 69.

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