Frank Sinatra remained haunted by Marilyn Monroe’s sudden death, his friend revealed.
Decades after Marilyn Monroe died, a friend of Frank Sinatra revealed that the singer carried that news throughout his life.
Tony Oppedisano, Sinatra’s friend, wrote the memoir title Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Hours. He tackled his decades-long of friendship with the singer which began when he was 21.
According to the member of the late singer’s management team, Marilyn secured a special place in Sinatra’s heart.
He also told Fox News that the singer saw her as a fragile girl who became a victim of exploitation. Oppedisano added that Sinatra never wanted to bring himself to her physically.
“I didn’t want to be another older guy who appeared to take advantage of her and then leave her flat. I couldn’t. I couldn’t bring myself to do that,” the late star said, as quoted by the pal.
He went on to claim that the Summer Wind hitmaker was too protective of her and cared about her too much.
Did Sinatra Ever Date Marilyn Monroe?
For years before the sex symbol died, rumors about the two dating emerged.
In fact, writer J. Randall Taraborrelli mentioned in his book Sinatra: The Man Behind The Myth that they had a relationship in 1954. Sinatra, reportedly, considered popping the question to marry her weeks before she died “to save her.”
“No one will mess with her if she is Mrs. Frank Sinatra,” a friend told Taraborrelli. “No one would dare. He felt that if she were his wife, everyone else would back off, give her some space and allow her to get herself together.”
The same book revealed that during the weekend before the model’s death, Sinatra asked her to begin again. However, Marilyn, reportedly, told him off since she would not “be here much longer.”
Following her death, the coroner officials ruled the manner to be a probable suicide. It was, reportedly, caused by drug overdose of sleeping pills.
They alleged that the model was last seen heading to her bedroom while playing Sinatra songs and making phone calls.
Although Sinatra and Monroe were only close friends, the model’s death disturbed the singer.
Per Oppedisano, he felt like her death was not supposed to happen at all. He also refused to believe that she had an overdose.
“He believed the one huge point was that she had announced that she was going to do a press conference and she would not give people an inkling as to what the press conference was going to be about,” he went on.