Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on father’s musical legacy, has died

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Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Night Vision)

LOS ANGELES  — Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father’s legacy with his own music career, has died. He was 72.

The Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press that Sinatra died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle. No other details were provided.

Kidnapped and held for ransom when he was 19, Sinatra Jr. had already followed his dad into the music business by then. In fact, his father was buried with a roll of dimes, which he never left the house with after his son was kidnapped. The kidnappers would only speak by payphone, and Sinatra Sr. was constantly worried about not having enough change to finish the call.

Sinatra Jr. eventually worked for his father as his musical director and conductor. He performed the National Anthem at a New York Yankees game last year.