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Ricci Martin Dead: Son of Legendary Singer Dean Martin Dies at 62

Ricci Martin
Ricci Martin 

Ricci Martin, a musician and the youngest son of legendary singer Dean Martin, died on Wednesday, August 3, according to multiple reports. He was 62.

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Ricci was found dead at his home in Utah on Wednesday, his family members told The Hollywood Reporter. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

In recent years, the entertainer was known for touring around the world with his tribute show to his iconic father, who died in December 1995 at age 78.

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In 1977, Ricci released his debut album, Beached, which he collaborated on with future brother-in-law Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. (Wilson married Ricci’s sister Gina in 1987, but the couple divorced a year later.) The now out-of-print LP spawned the hit single “Stop, Look Around.”

Ricci joined the rock band Dino in the 1990s, taking the place of his late brother Dean Paul Martin, who was killed in a 1987 military jet crash. The band often performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in addition to other local clubs with pals Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche.

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In 2002, the show-business scion wrote a memoir titled That’s Amore about his large Italian family and their life in Beverly Hills. The book famously included an anecdote about Ricci’s star-studded 21st birthday party, which included guests John Lennon, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor and others.

Ricci is survived by three daughters — Pepper, Montana and Rio — as well as his mother, Jeanne Martin, brother Craig and four sisters, Gail, Deana, Gina and Sasha.

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