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Frank Sinatra Jr. dies while on tour in Florida

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 21:55:51-04

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Frank Sinatra Jr., the son of the legendary singer who had a long musical career of his own, died Wednesday, said manager Andrea Kauffman.

He was 72.

Kauffman said Sinatra died at a Daytona Beach, Florida, hospital but didn’t disclose his cause of death.

Sinatra was on his “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” tour and was scheduled to perform at the Peabody Auditorium on Wednesday. An announcement on the venue’s Facebook page said the singer had taken ill.

Sinatra followed his father’s singing career path and was a 19-year-old on tour when he was kidnapped by three men in 1963. After three days, two of the men went to go collect a $240,000 ransom, but the other abductor let the son free. The kidnappers were caught and later convicted.

He recently told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he wasn’t upset that his life as a singer was nowhere close to his famed father’s career.

“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.”

Sinatra’s father died in 1998.