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Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr. left and singer Nancy Sinatra pose at the after-party for the premiere of Paramounts Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101
Charles Bowen | 14 July, 2018, 11:25

Breaking the news on Twitter, Nancy Jr., wrote: 'My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101.

Her daughter called her "a blessing and the light of my life".

She later added: 'Godspeed, Momma and thank you for everything you did for us and for the world, ' alongside a fitting tribute, a link to Frank's hit She's Funny That Way.

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, the first wife of Frank Sinatra and mother of Nancy, Frank Jr.

Nancy and Frank married in their teens and had three children together.

The New Jersey natives had three children.

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That latter accomplishment led Sinatra to leave him after an affair with actress Ava Gardner became public knowledge.

In 1950 Nancy Senior was granted a legal separation because of Frank's mental cruelty - she claimed the superstar went away for weekends by himself, and he had a string of extra marital affairs.

In December 1963, the Sinatras went through a scare when their 19-year-old son Frank Jr was kidnapped from a Lake Tahoe hotel and held for $240,000 ransom.

She also remained friendly with her ex-husband, the latter being said to have put in requests over the years for pasta and other Italian food dishes she was known to be an expert at preparing.

Frank Sinatra Sr died in 1998 of a heart attack at the age of 82.

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