Marilyn Monroe's first and last surviving husband, JAMES DOUGHERTY, has died in California. He was 84.

Dougherty, a retired Los Angeles detective and former local politician in Maine, died on Monday (15AUG05) in San Rafael, according to his stepdaughter ANNIE WOODS.

Dougherty married 16-year-old Monroe, real name NORMA JEANE BAKER, in 1942 and their union lasted four years. His mother was a close friend Monroe's foster parents.

Dougherty enjoyed a 25 year career at the Los Angeles Police Department and moved to Arizona after his retirement in 1974. He later settled in Maine, where he was a county commissioner and taught at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

In 1997, he co-wrote TO NORMA JEANE WITH LOVE, JIMMIE. He was also the subject of a documentary last year (04) called MARILYN'S MAN.

Dougherty had three children with his second wife. His third wife died in 2003 after 32 years of marriage.

Monroe, who died in 1962, later went on to marry baseball legend JOE DiMAGGIO, who died in 1999, and playwright Arthur Miller, who passed away earlier this year (05).