FSU Hall of Famer Monk Bonasorte loses battle to brain cancer

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The FSU community is now mourning the loss of the senior associate athletic director and former Florida State Football Hall of Famer, Monk Bonasorte, who lost his battle to brain cancer Saturday night.

A man of faith and a die hard Seminole fan; that's how friends describe Monk, who impacted the lives of so many people.

"Monk embodied what being at FSU is all about and we want to keep his legacy living on," said Monk's friend, Jesse Solomon.

Solomon met Monk over 30 years ago as a walk on at FSU.

Monk was a graduate assistant, and Solomon says the connection was immediate.

"You always felt like he was a sincere person who really cares about what you care about and he was trying to help you in any way possible," continued Solomon.

And that's what Monk did.

He helped shape the lives of many young players to become better both on and off the field.

"Very helpful, very eager to be part of something that was good and being for Florida State was good," Monk's colleague, Mickey Andrews, said.

But when the news of Bonasorte's cancer diagnosis spread, Monk didn't let it keep him from fighting.

"If you look for the definition of a competitor, you'd look at Monk. He was a guy that, he wasn't gonna give in and I don't think he ever did," said Andrews.

"He was always that kind of person, 'Hey I don't like it, but I'm dealt this hand and by my faith, I'm gonna deal with it,' and he did all he could and he fought a very good battle," Solomon, said.

A fighter and forever a Seminole.

Boosters developed a new athletic scholarship endowment for the FSU safety position in Bonasorte's memory. It's called the "Monk Bonasorte Free Safety Scholarship" and contributions are already being made.

Bonasorte was 59 years old.