There are not a lot of names in the music industry that rank above, Frankie Vallie. The frontman of The Four Seasons, Frankie was best known for his loud tenor voice. Over the years, Frankie has produced several number one hits and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. While Frankie’s professional life went off without success, his personal life less so. Frankie married three times and was divorced thrice. His on and off relationship with April Kirkwood was marred with sex, drugs, and infidelity on Frankie’s part. But not only was Frankie haunted by divorce but he was also plagued by the death of two of his daughters, Celia and Francine. In this article, we will take a closer look at the short life of Francine Valli.
Francine Castelluccio (Valli) was born in 1960 to Frankie Valley and the late Mary Delgado Vallie. Born and raised in New Jersey, little is known about the early life of Francine. As a young kid, Francine spent most of her time with her stepsister Cecilia, and elder sister Antonia. Little is known about Francine’s academic orientation and success.
Drugs and Death:
Francine found her way into drugs early on in her life and it ultimately became her downfall. Little is known about how and where Francine got her hands on drugs, but judging from the testimony of April Kirkwood, drugs flowed freely when Frankie was around. Francine was found dead on the 16th of August 1980, at a time when she was still in college. From her early teen years, Francine wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps and performed on a few recordings alongside her father and the bad. Francine was buried at Glendale Cemetery in New Jersey.
While Francine was reported to have died of a drug overdose, rumors began circulating that it was just a divorce. The autopsy report revealed that after she underwent a series of complications after taking a mixture of Quaaludes and alcohol.
It was reported that both Frankie and Mary knew of her drug addiction and even went on to a rehab center. However, she showed major improvements along the way and was later brought home. However, Francine fell into the loophole once again and later passed away due to drug overdose.
The death of his daughter hit Frankie in a big way and impacted both his career and personal life. Frankie has been quite candid about the loss of his daughters. Shortly before the death of Francine, Frankie had also lost his stepsister, Cecilia. Cecilia met with an unfortunate accident when she tried to escape the fire and slipped. The death of his daughters was a major blow to Frankie. Since he doted on Francine, her death hit him the most. He wrote a song, Fallen Angel in tribute to his daughter and has been candid about his struggles. He never recovered from the death of Francine and went down a rabid hole of struggles.