Today In History: Frank Sinatra Dies
Today in 1998, singer Frank Sinatra died at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was eighty-two years old at the time of his death, which was caused by heart attack.
Sinatra spent the final years of his life quite ill. He was eventually hospitalized for high blood pressure, pneumonia, bladder cancer and heart and respiratory issues. Once hospitalized, he was also diagnosed with dementia.
The heart attack that killed him wasn’t the first he had. He suffered a heart attack the year before, following which, Sinatra retired completely from public life.
He died with his wife at his side. According to Tina, Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra, his other daughter, was not told that Frank had been hospitalized. Tina says she believes that she was deliberately left in the dark.
After he died, the lights in the Empire State Building were all turned blue in honor of his passing. The Las Vegas Strip also dimmed its lights, and there was a minute of silence held in the casinos.
His funeral, held in Beverly Hills, drew a number of famous attendees, including Tony Bennett and Gregory Peck. He was buried in a blue suit, and his coffin included mementos from friends and family. He was buried in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California, next to his parents.
He is also buried close to Jilly Rizzo and Jimmy Van Heusen, his friends. His grave marker bears the inscriptions “The Best Is Yet to Come” and “Beloved Husband & Father.”