So sad. Ricci Martin, the son of the late, great singer Dean Martin has passed away at the age of 62, according to multiple reports. Ricci was said to have passed away on Aug. 3 in Utah. Read the crushing details here.
Ricci, who was also a singer and crooner himself, was found unresponsive at his home, with a cause for his death unknown at this current time. He became synonymous as an entertainer, touring the world with a tribute show that honored his father’s hits. Dean, obviously, famous died back in 1995 when he was 78.
Ricci did release his own music in 1977, when he worked with his future brother-in-law Carl Wilson on his debut album, Beached. After that, Carl married Ricci’s sister Gina in 1987, but they divorced after a year of marriage.
In the 1990s, Ricci was part of the rock band Dino, where he replaced late brother Dean Paul Martin in the lineup. Dean was tragically killed in a 1987 military jet crash. But Dino continued performing with Ricci on the Las Vegas strip, often at the MGM Grand with friends Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche.
Ricci’s colorful life was highlighted in his 2002 memoir, That’s Amore. The book was all about his large Italian-American family and their lives in Beverly Hills. One of the book’s most famous reveals was about Ricci’s 21st birthday, where David Bowie, John Lennon, Ringo Star, Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor were among the star-studded guests.
Ricci is survived by a huge family, three daughters called Pepper, Montana and Rio, his mother Jeanne Martin, his brother Craig and four sisters Gail, Deana, Gina and Sasha. Our condolences go to the family at this difficult time.
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