Best luxury destinations on For years Pappalardi and Collins, 43, en – joyed an open marriage with women and men often joining the couple for strictly recreational three-way sex and drug parties. However, in 1982 the 43-year-old musician began an 11-month love affair with Valerie Merians, a 27-year-old blonde aspiring singer. Pappalardi, according to Merians, had spoken to her of marriage and presented her with a wedding band engraved with Je t'aime Felix and a gold watch engraved I love you Felix. One of his last compositions was a love song, Je t'aime (I love you) dedicated to Merians and recorded in France by French-Algerian singer Enrico Marcias.
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Collins, 43, knew of the affair, but unlike his other sexual partners may possibly have felt threatened by its intensity and exclusivity. While questions still surround the death of Pappalardi in the early morning hours of April 17, 1983, the following details are known: The producer- arranger returned to the fifth-floor luxury apartment he shared with Collins at 30 Waterside Plaza on Manhattan's East Side late on April 16 after spending the evening with Valerie Merians. Shortly before 6:00 A.
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