Musician Ricci Martin dead at 62
Ricci Martin, a musician and youngest son of the legendary entertainer Dean Martin, is dead. He was 62.
Los Angeles: Ricci Martin, a musician and youngest son of the legendary entertainer Dean Martin, is dead. He was 62.
Ricci was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Utah, according to family members. The cause of his death has yet to be determined, reports variety.com.
Ricci is survived by three daughters, Pepper, Montana and Rio; his mother, Jeanne Martin; his elder brother, Craig; and four sisters, Gail, Deana, Gina and Sasha.
In the 1970s, Ricci collaborated with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys to produce the album “Beached". Carl later became his brother-in-law.
In the 1990s, he joined the rock band Dino, taking the place of his late brother Dean Paul Martin. Ricci performed with the band at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas and other clubs with Desi Arnaz Jr and Billy Hinsche. Dean was killed in a military jet crash in 1987.
Ricci also wrote a book called “That's Amore” in 2002 about growing up in Beverly Hills, California as part of Dean's family. In the memoir, he recalled his 21st birthday party with a guest list that included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie and Elton John.
In recent years, Ricci had been performing a touring tribute show to his father.