Frank Sinatra Jr. dies of cardiac arrest on tour, aged 72
FRANK Sinatra Jr. has died aged 72. The singer had carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career and his kidnapping at 19-years-old added a bizarre chapter to his largely publicised life.
Mr Sinatra Jr. died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle. No other details have been provided at this stage.
Mr Sinatra Jr.'s real name was Francis Wayne Sinatra - he was the middle child of his famous father and Nancy Barbato Sinatra. His older sister was Nancy Sinatra, who has a successful musical career of her own, and his younger sister was TV producer Tina Sinatra.
He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1943 just as his father's career was getting started, and he would watch his dad become one the most famous singers of all time.
Tributes from Mr Sinatra Jr.'s son and celebrities from across the world are continuing to flood in through social media:
Friends, it is with great sadness I must confirm the news my father, #franksinatrajr has passed away. He died doing what he loved.— Michael Sinatra (@mfsinatra) March 17, 2016
He was a man who was loved so much despite being so flawed - and that was always a great inspiration for me #franksinatrajr— Michael Sinatra (@mfsinatra) 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