Friends, when we opened our email this morning after being off the internet since midday Saturday we found many many google alerts sharing the untimely death of our Dino's youngest son, Ricci James Martin on Wednesday August 3 and reported to the media by his family this past Saturday.
Needless to stay like everybody else we are deeply saddened by this news.
We will be sharing a number of the announcements of Ricci's passing with our readership, and we have chosen to begin with one written by Miss Michelle Lavallee for the internet site AXS. This particular posting includes to youtube vids....one that we have here before of Ricci, in a live interview, speaking lovingly about his father. The second is our Dino's one and only music vid aired on MTV, "Since I Met You Baby," that was directed by Ricci in the early eighties.
This particular prose speaks about a couple of medical issues that Ricci had been dealing with that might have been a factor in his death. These well written words also celebrate how the youngest son of our Dino was truly a Renaissance man in his own right....following in the footsteps of both his older brother Dino Martin Jr. and, of course, his father Dino Martin.
We thank Miss Michelle Lavallee and all those connected with AXS for this most honoring reflection on the life of our Dino's youngest son, Ricci James Martin. To check this out in it's original source, simply click on the title of today's message. Return tomorrow for more coverage of the death of Ricci Martin.
Dino Martin Peters
Dean Martin's son Ricci dies at age 62
By: Michelle Lavallee Aug 8, 2016
Singer, Author, Performer and son of the late Dean Martin, Ricci Martin has passed away at the age of 62 years old. The family released a statement noting that the singer had passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at his Utah home. No information has been released regarding the cause of death.
Martin has had medical issues since earlier this year after a fall on some ice outside his home back in March. He cancelled several dates on tour due to the diagnosis of subdural hematoma after the fall. During that time he was also undergoing treatment for a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but had to put that treatment on hold while the hematoma was being addressed. The treatment of DVT could result in a pulmonary embolus, a potentially fatal condition.
Martin was the youngest son of the legendary entertainer Dean Martin. Since 2003, he has toured and performed songs of his dad in concert in honor of the performer. The shows have captured Dean Martin the performer as well as the father. In the 1970s, Martin collaborated with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys to produce his personal album Beached. He took over his late brother's role in the 1990's with the rock band his brother had, now named Ricci, Desi and Billy. The band played from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and eventually disbanded in 2002.
He also had a flare for photography and cinematography, he would direct his father's video "Since I Met You Baby" in the 1980's. One of his photos was used as the cover on The Beach Boys first album on their own Brother Records label, Sunflower.
In 2002 he released a book, "That's Amore: A Son Remembers" with stories of his childhood and teen years growing up as the son of Dean Martin and the tragic death of his older brother Dean Paul. Dean Paul Martin was killed in a military jet crash in 1987.
Martin is survived by three daughters, Pepper, Montana and Rio (Pepper and Montana were also performing as back-up singers for their father); his mother, Jeanne Martin; his older brother, Craig; and four sisters, Gail, Deana, Gina and Sasha.