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On May 14, 1998 : Frank Sinatra dies at the age of 82.

His publicist said the legendary crooner and Oscar-winning actor suffered a fatal heart attack Thursday night, May 14th, 1998 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Sinatra had been in poor health for some time and last appeared on stage in 1995.

Once the idol of swooning female fans, he continued to sing in his own inimitable style through the eras of the big bands, rock and roll and hard rock, never compromising his reputation as ``The Voice.''

On the way he became a legend, for his Grammy-winning music, Oscar-winning acting and a larger-than-life personality. He boasted friendships with presidents and less savory types and even the cocky angle of his hat drew favorable notice.

His unique tenor voice made songs as ``My Way,'' ``New York, New York,'' ``Witchcraft'' and 'The Lady is a Tramp'' memorable hits to generations.

Away from the spotlight he was an unpredictable, snappy superstar who fought with the media, lived the life of a potentate and was famed for his romances with the likes of Ava Gardner, Laureen Bacall and Mia Farrow.

A half-century after his first public appearance, he was still packing stadiums and theaters from New York to London, Paris to Las Vegas. A star of more than 50 films, he sold records by the millions.

Even in the 1990s, Francis Albert Sinatra, known as the ''Chairman of the Board'' to his colleagues in the entertainment industry and ``Ol' Blue Eyes'' to his millions of adoring fans, could still top the charts.

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