As we’ve been supporting the efforts of the Zappa Family Trust in regards to the music of the late great Frank Zappa, its with sadness that we share the news about the passing of Franks wife Gail who went off to meet him in the great beyond yesterday according to news reports. She was 70 years of age and passed from lung cancer. The family’s official statement on her passing was provided by their publicists and is shared with you below.
Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, surrounded by her children.
Married to Frank Zappa at age 22, Gail was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in the music business and raising their children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.
Gail enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband’s creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century. In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists. While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality. Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad ass in the music business and political world.
Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same. The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake.
There is no further information to report. This is the only statement that will be released by the family.
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We at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ wish the deepest of condolences to the Zappa Family and all of her friends worldwide. Say hello to Frank for everybody. May you Rest In Peace. Readers can learn more about Mrs. Zappa by clicking her Wikipedia entry which has been linked below.
Official Wiki Entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Zappa