Mary Fleming, the mother of 32-year-old Frank Sinatra, Jr., confirms that the hospitalized man is indeed the late star's grandson, but denies the 'blown out of proportion' suicide report.
The mother of Frank Sinatra's grandson has spoken out to clear up reports about his recent hospitalization, insisting the alleged suicide attempt has been "blown out of proportion". Emergency services were called to the home of Frank Sinatra, Jr.'s son, also named Frank, in Downey, California on August 2 and admitted a 32-year-old male to Downey Regional Medical Center.
Reports suggested Frank had tried to kill himself, while subsequent rumors claimed the man was not even a member of the famous family and simply shared the name of the late crooner's grandson. But Mary Fleming, who conceived the younger Frank Sinatra, Jr. after an affair with Ol' Blue Eyes' only son, has now confirmed the initial reports, admitting her 32-year-old son did spend a night in hospital earlier this month.
However, she claims the situation only occurred after his pals failed to reach Frank Sinatra, Jr. and overreacted when they found him in a deep sleep on his couch. She tells U.S. tabloid Globe, "He took one of his sleeping pills, lay on the couch and fell asleep."
Fleming reveals her son has been battling depression since the breakdown of his three-year marriage earlier this year and friends feared the worst when they thought he had overdosed on the sleeping aid. But she insists her son, who has been snubbed by his dad and the Sinatra clan, is not looking to end his life.
She says, "My son is not suicidal. But he has been extremely depressed. His wife walked out on him recently... He was absolutely devastated.... . Knowing how sad he was, his friends started freaking out because they couldn't get a hold of him. One called the police, who went in, found Frank conscious and took him to the hospital... They (doctors) quickly determined he wasn't suicidal. They didn't pump his stomach or give him medication. (He was) released the next day." She adds, "Now he just wishes all the drama would go away."