Frank Sinatra Jr., son of the iconic singer passed away Wednesday (March 16) at the age of 72 due to cardiac arrest. His manager Andrea Kauffman made the announcement, which led to an outpouring of condolences and support from friends and loved ones. Sinatra Jr, who had a lengthy musical career of his own, was on his Sinatra Sings Sinatra tour and was set to perform at the Peabody Auditorium on the same day he passed away. The venue had previously made an announcement on their Facebook page that he had fallen ill and would not be able to perform.
At the age of 19, Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped by two men and released three days later after his famous father paid a $243,000 ransom. One of the assailants confessed to his brother, who called the FBI and both were later apprehended. In court, the men claimed that the kidnapping was a staged publicity stunt, though no evidence surfaced to support that claim. In 2012, Sinatra Jr. told The Guardian that being accused of staging his own kidnapping was a stigma that affected him for years.
He also spoke with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, saying that he was not upset that he never came close to matching the success of his father.
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 told the newspaper. “I was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store.
The younger Sinatra also did some acting, appearing as himself in an episode of The Sopranos and was a reoccurring character on the animated show Family Guy. Rest In Peace.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Sinatra Jr and send my sympathy to Tina and Nancy and the Sinatra family.
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) March 17, 2016
Frank Sinatra, Jr. was a friend to Family Guy, and a friend to me. I’m saddened at his passing, but grateful to have known him. RIP, Frank.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 17, 2016
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Sinatra Jr. Like his father, Frank Jr. brought us much joy w/ his unbelievable musical talent.
— Tommy Lasorda (@TommyLasorda) March 17, 2016