Nancy Sinatra senior, the first wife of Frank Sinatra and mother of his three children, has died.
This has been confirmed by her daughter Nancy Junior who said that she had “passed away peacefully”. She was aged 101.
“She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything,” she wrote.
My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything. 😢💙
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) July 14, 2018
Nancy Sinatra Senior was born Nancy Barbato in 1917 and met Frank in 1934 at the New Jersey holiday resort of Long Branch, the BBC writes.
The couple quickly got engaged but Frank admitted having an affair before they eventually married in 1939.
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.
However, the pair stayed close until Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998, the New York Times reported.
Nancy Sinatra never remarried and lived a quiet life in Beverly Hills, California, focusing on charity work.
The couple had three children – Nancy Junior, who is famed for the song These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ and other hits, Frank Junior, who passed away in 2016 and Tina.