The music world is in mourning today after it was revealed that Frank Sinatra Jr., son of icon Frank Sinatra, had passed away while in tour in Florida. He was 72 years-old.
According to Headline Politics, Sinatra’s manager Andrea Kauffman revealed he died of cardiac arrest at a Daytona Beach, Florida hospital. He had been on the road performing his father’s greatest hits for his “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” tour, and he was scheduled to perform at the Peabody Auditorium on Wednesday. The venue announced on Facebook that Sinatra had been taken ill and the performance was cancelled.
Sinatra made headlines back in 1963 when he was kidnapped at the age of 19. Three days later, two kidnappers collected a $240,000 ransom from Sinatra’s father, and the young man was subsequently set free. The kidnappers were later arrested, and at their trial, their lawyers claimed this was all a publicity stunt to help the young Sinatra’s fledgling music career. There was no evidence to support this, and the kidnappers were convicted.
Sinatra lamented that the stigma of what the kidnappers claimed at their trial followed him for years, but he recently came to terms with his life.
“My lack of success does not trouble me at this stage in my life,” he said four years ago.
He recently told reporters that it doesn’t bother him at all that his long career as a singer was eclipsed by his father’s.
“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 on to another kind of music,” Sinatra said. “I was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store.”
Rest in peace, Frank Sinatra Jr.!