Sophia Loren reveals Frank Sinatra 'never sang on set'
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Frank Sinatra began his career in the 1930s when his mother convinced a local singing group in New Jersey to let him join. After moving around different local and New York bands, he finally went solo in 1942, and his career had highs and lows over the many years. He performed in movie musicals and became an icon of the music world before he died many years later after taking time out of the public eye.
How did Frank Sinatra die?
Frank Sinatra died in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82.
He died after a heart attack, having previously suffered from one a year before in February 1997, after which he made no public appearances.
According to those close to him, he had been in ill health throughout his later life, with issues from high blood pressure to bladder cancer and pneumonia.
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His manager at the time, Eliot Weisman, suggested the singer’s use of antidepressants could have exacerbated his issues.
Eliot told Fox News in 2017: “If you read about the antidepressant he was on, if you read the warnings, everything that could go wrong, like loss of vision, loss of hearing, loss of memory — all of those things he at one time or another was harmed by it.
“The antidepressant he was on… I think you’re only supposed to be on it for 12 to 13 months, at most.
“Then you come off it for a while or change it to another antidepressant. He was on it for 10 to 15 years.
“Barbara [Frank’s wife] decided that it was the wrong thing to do [to take him off the antidepressant] because sometimes when you go off one antidepressant and on to another, you could get violent.
“She was concerned about that. It never happened. There’s no doubt in my mind that the antidepressant was responsible for a lot of his failing health.”
His final words were recorded as being “I’m losing,” after he was encouraged to keep fighting his illness.
On the night of his death, the lights on the Empire State Building were turned blue, while various casinos in Las Vegas stopped spinning for one minute in his honour.
Many celebrities were included in the 400 mourners who attended his funeral, which took place on May 20, 1998, at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
Frank had been brought up in a Catholic family and while he fell away from the church at different points in his life, he was practising at the time of his death.
Gregory Peck and Tony Bennett, along with Frank Sinatra Jr, spoke at the funeral, and family members left mementoes in his casket, including cigarettes, Tootsie Rolls and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
Frank was buried in a blue business suit, given his time as a record label owner earned him the moniker Chairman of the Board.
His tombstone had the words “The Best Is Yet to Come” written on them, alluding to the song he made famous in 1964.
After his burial, a vigil took place some days later, where his daughter Nancy and granddaughter Amanda spoke, and songs of his were sung.
A medley of Sinatra songs was played, a choir sang, and there were reminiscences by Sinatra’s daughter Nancy and granddaughter Amanda. Tony Bennett also spoke.
Frank Brownstead, who was music director for the Cardinal’s Office, said of the vigil: “Nancy spoke very clearly and strongly about her father.
“She read a letter that Frank Sinatra had written her in the ’70s in the middle of all the family’s troubles. The message was: ‘keep the faith.’”
As is often the case when major celebrities die, Frank’s music jumped up in the charts and began selling more widely, according to Billboard, but only for a short space of time.