Frank Sinatra’s widow, Barbara Sinatra, died Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, at 90-years old.
According to an official release from family spokesman John Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Barbara died of natural causes, surrounded by friends and family.
Barbara, a Missouri native, was born Barbara Blakely. She was a model before she met singing icon Frank Sinatra, and “Old Blue Eyes” married Barbara in 1976. Though both had been married prior to the union, they remained wed until Frank’s death in 1998.
“He was always very much a gentleman and he really cared about treating me well,” Sinatra told the New York Times in 2011.
The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center was founded in the 1980’s with Barbara’s help. The center assists young victims of physical and sexual abuse.
According to Thoreson, Barbara was active at the Children’s Center until recently, even helping set up a video program last year. She “made sure the children had anything they needed,” Thoresen said.
Thoresen’s statement says: “Through Barbara Sinatra’s efforts, more than 20,000 children through age 18 have received beneficial therapy at [the center], making it possible for them to cope with traumas associated with abuse.”
Barbara is survived by her son Robert Oliver Marx, his wife Hillary Roberts and her granddaughter Carina Blakeley Marx.
The video below features Frank and Barbara during one of their last pubic appearances together before he passed away.
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