Ricci Martin, musician and son of Dean Martin, dies at 62

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Ricci Martin, a musician and youngest son of the legendary entertainer Dean Martin, has died. He was 62.

Martin was found dead Wednesday at his home in Utah, according to family members. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

In the 1970s, Martin collaborated with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys to produce the album "Beached." Wilson would later become his brother-in-law.

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FRANCE - MARCH 19: The crooner Ricci Martin son of actor Dean Martin in Valenciennes, France on March 19th, 2005. (Photo by Franck CRUSIAUX/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
(L-R) Alexander Martin, Gail Martin, Ricci Martin and Deana Martin (family of late honoree Dean Martin) arrive at The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards Ceremony at Wilshire Ebell Theater on February 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
399716 04: Dean Martins son Ricci Martin speaks about his famous father during a bookstore appearance at Barnes & Nobles January 17, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
399716 02: Dean Martins son Ricci Martin poses with his new book 'Thats Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin' January 17, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
FRANCE - MARCH 19: The crooner Ricci Martin son of actor Dean Martin in Valenciennes, France on March 19th, 2005. (Photo by Franck CRUSIAUX/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
399716 01: Dean Martins son Ricci Martin poses with his new book 'Thats Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin' January 17, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
RICCI MARTIN, son of Dean, talking about his new book, detailing his father's life, during interview at the home of Dean Martin's widow, Jeanne, January 16, 2002. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Singer Dean Martin, son Ricci Martin and date Courtney Callahan being photographed on April 7, 1984 at Hamburger Hamlet in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(L-R) Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, singer Dean Martin, daughter Gina Martin, son Ricci Martin and date Courtney Callahan being photographed on January 13, 1983 at La Familiga Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ricci Martin, Actor Dean Paul Martin, Jeanne Martin, and Deana Martin attend the 'A Boy...A Girl' Westwood Premiere on April 24, 1969 at United Artists Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ricci Martin attends the Wedding of Dean Paul Martin and Olivia Hussey on April 17, 1971 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Gina Martin, Jeanne Martin, Actors Dean Paul Martin and Olivia Hussey, Deana Martin, Actor/Singer Dean Martin, and Ricci Martin attend the Wedding of Dean Paul Martin and Olivia Hussey on April 17, 1971 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jeanne Martin and son Ricci Martin attend the Wedding of Dean Paul Martin and Olivia Hussey on April 17, 1971 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1967: Entertainers Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra with with their families, Dean Paul Martin and Frank Sinatra Jr., Jeanne Martin, Tina Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Gail Martin, Craig Martin, Claudia Martin, Deana Martin, Gina Martin and Ricci Martin on the set of 'The Dean Martin Show' Christmas special in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1966: Entertainer Dean Martin with his wife Jeanne and children (Gail, Craig, Claudia, Deana, Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a family portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1966: Entertainer Dean Martin with his wife Jeanne and children (Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a family portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1966: Entertainer Dean Martin with his wife Jeanne and children (Gail, Craig, Claudia, Deana, Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a family portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Gina Martin, 7-months old, joins her lovely mother, Jeanne, and her dad, Dean, motion picture and tv star, for her first family photo session. Gina had to wait until her father returned from Europe last week before her picture could be taken. The Martins also have two sons, Dino, 5, and Ricci, 3 1/2.
LOS ANGELES - 1966: Entertainer Dean Martin with his wife Jeanne and children (Deana, Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a family portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1966: Entertainer Dean Martin with his wife Jeanne and children (Deana, Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a family portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
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In the 1990s, he joined the rock band Dino, taking the place of his late brother Dean Paul Martin. Ricci Martin performed with the band at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas and other clubs with Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche. Dean Paul Martin was killed in a military jet crash in 1987.

Ricci Martin wrote a book called "That's Amore," in 2002 about growing up in Beverly Hills, California as part of Dean Martin's family. In the memoir he recalls his 21st birthday party with a guest list that included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie and Elton John.

In recent years, Martin had been performing a touring tribute show to his father.

Martin is survived by three daughters, Pepper, Montana and Rio; his mother, Jeanne Martin; his older brother, Craig; and four sisters, Gail, Deana, Gina and Sasha.


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