Frank Zappa’s Widow Gail Zappa Dies At 70

Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa back in 1972.
Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa back in 1972.

Gail Zappa, the widow of legendary rocker Frank Zappa has died. Gail was 70 years old.

Gail reportedly died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles surrounded by her children, according to a statement released by the Zappa Family Trust.

It is currently not clear the cause of Gail’s death but according to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Gail battled with lung cancer for a very long time. Gail’s death comes over two decades after her husband Zappa died of prostate cancer in 1993 at the age of 52.

Gail and Frank met in 1966 at the Whisky a Go Go nightclub on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles where she worked as a secretary. Frank and Gail got married on September 21, 1967 in a civil ceremony.

At the time of their marriage, Gail was heavily pregnant with their first child, daughter Moon Zappa. The couple went on to have three more children together Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa and Diva Zappa. Frank and Gail remained married until Frank’s death.

After Frank died in 1993, Gail never married again. She set up the Zappa Family Trust and oversaw the release of her late husband’s recordings under the trust, which holds all the copyright to Frank’s works and his commercial image.

Between 1994 and 2015, Gail oversaw the release of 38 Frank Zappa albums, majority of which were songs that Frank had never released.

Gail Zappa and her children Ahmet Zappa and Dweezil Zappa in 2005.
Gail Zappa and her children Ahmet Zappa and Dweezil Zappa in 2005.

From 1993 until her death on October, Gail was the Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust.

It’s worth noting that before Gail’s death, the Zappa family had announced that her son Ahmet would be in charge of the Zappa Family Trust.

Our hearts go out to the Zappa family in this difficult times. RIP Gail Zappa.