Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank's first wife, dies aged 101

2007 Frank Sinatra Jr. talks to CNN

Nancy never remarried, but the Sinatras remained friends throughout their lives, with Frank Sr regularly requesting Nancy cook Italian dishes for him because she was the only one who knew how to do it right.

Nancy Snr. was the first wife of swing music legend and actor Frank and mother to his three children.

Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank Sinatra's first wife and mother of his three children, has died in the United States at the age of 101.

Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her webpage says she died at 6:02 p.m. but didn't indicate where she died.

Her daughter called her "a blessing and the light of my life". Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything.

In 1934, Nancy Barbato met a young Frank when he was a relatively unknown jazz singer in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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The New Jersey natives had three children.

Sadly, the marriage eventually crumbled as Nancy filed for a legal separation on the grounds of his mental cruelty amid reports that he embarked on another affair, this time with Hollywood icon, Ava Gardner, and they were divorced by 1951.

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

Nancy devoted herself to family and friends and withdrew from the showbusiness spotlight after her divorce from Sinatra.

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

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