March 15, 2009 / 5:47 PM / 10 years ago

Widow of Sammy Davis Jr. dies: report

Actor Ben Vereen (L) accepts his award from Altovise Gore Davis, the wife of the late Sammy Davis Jr., at the 2006 Bollywood Fashion Awards at Roseland Ballroom in New York City July 29, 2006. REUTERS/Peter Foley

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Altovise Davis, the widow of Rat Pack singer and dancer Sammy Davis Jr., has died in Los Angeles from complications of a stroke, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

Davis, who died on Saturday, was 65 years old.

Trained as an actor and dancer, Altovise Davis met the legendary showman in the mid-1960s, when they were appearing in Broadway musicals — he in the lead of “Golden Boy” and she in the chorus line of “High Spirits.”

They married in 1970 and were together 20 years, adopting a son in 1989.

Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer at age 64 in 1990.

Reporting by Deena Beasley; Editing by Bill Trott

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