Frank Sinatra Jr.
went to his grave refusing to admit that he was the father of Francis Wayne Sinatra. He even declared as recently as 2012: "I have one son, and his name is Michael." But The National ENQUIRER
always had the scoop on the tragic lost grandchild of Frank Sinatra
— Francis Wayne Sinatra, who'd grow up abandoned by his dad, and reportedly attempted suicide by overdosing on pills in 2010!
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The ENQUIRER even helped Frank III in 1989 by publicizing the plight of the child, then 11, as he wrote an open letter to his father. "Dear Father, I really want to meet you," wrote young Francis — but the only thing the sad boy got in return was a devastating silence!
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"Neither my grandfather nor father has ever seen me or let me meet them. It breaks my heart," young Francis Wayne Sinatra tearfully told The ENQUIRER. "They must hate me, but I've never done anything to hurt them."
The ENQUIRER first had the scoop on little Frankie's tragic story in 1979 — when he was just a toddler. The boy was born in 1978 after his mother, Mary Carol Fleming, had an eight-month love affair with Frank Jr.
Although Mary was certain Frank Jr. was the dad — and medical tests backed her up with a 95 percent probability of the singer's paternity — Frank Jr. refused to admit that he was Frankie's father. However, he agreed to pay a measly $286 a month in child support.
"I've called you many times, but I always get your machine," Frankie wrote to his dad. "You never call me back. Why?"
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The boy also reached out to Ol' Blue Eyes, writing: "Dear Grandfather, I have been trying and trying to reach you, but I haven't been successful. I went to one of your concerts and even tried to get backstage, but your guards wouldn't let me in. I'd like to meet you."
Frank III would grow up to shun the spotlight, but The ENQUIRER was there when he reportedly ended up in a Downey, Calif. hospital after an attempted suicide attempt. Once again, he was ignored by his famous family members.
Sinatra Snr And Jnr
Mary, who had settled in East Hampton, N.Y., told The ENQUIRER at the time: "I personally do not want anything from the Sinatras, but little Frankie has never stopped asking questions about them. Frankie has tried on several occasions to contact the Sinatras, but always gets the runaround!"
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Frank Sinatra Jr performs live at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.
"Several months ago," added Mary, "when Frank Jr. was playing in Las Vegas, Frankie called his room at least 15 times — but my son's father wouldn't accept his calls! How can they both be so hard-hearted?"
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