Frank Zappa’s Widow, Gail Zappa, Dies at Age 70

Gail Zappa and Frank Zappa in 1972
Frank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died at the age of 70 on Wednesday, Oct. 7 REX Shutterstock

Frank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, has died at the age of 70, TMZ reports. Gail passed away in L.A. on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

According to the site, Gail was reportedly battling an illness. A cause of death, however, has not been revealed.

"Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon," a statement from the Zappa Family Trust says, via Rolling Stone. "But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same. The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair, and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake."

The statement adds: "[She] departed this earth peacefully at her home surrounded by her children."

Gail and the legendary singer-songwriter married in 1967 and had four children together – daughters Diva and Moon, and sons Ahmet and Dweezil.

Frank died at the age of 52 in 1993 from prostate cancer. After his passing, Gail and the Zappa Family Trust released 38 albums of unreleased music that her late husband had previously recorded.

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