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Marvin Gaye Shot and Killed


1984 – Motown superstar Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father Marvin Gay, Sr. just one day before his 45th birthday. The Grammy award-winning singer, known for such hits as “What’s Goin’ On,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “Sexual Healing” died from a gunshot wound to chest perforating heart, lung and liver, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.

One year earlier, Gaye had triumphantly returned to the top of the charts with the release of “Sexual Healing,” but had recently fallen back on back times health-wise and financially. He had moved into his parent’s house in Los Angeles and a confrontation occurred there with his father. The two had a conflicted relationship dating back to years of abusive behavior on the part of the father. The two engaged in a physical fight on the morning of April 1st and while Marvin’s mother, Alberta tried to calm him down, Marvin Sr. walked into the room with a revolver and shot his son three times in the chest. Marvin’s brother Frankie held him as he died and reported that his brother’s final word were “I got what I wanted… I couldn’t do it myself, so I made him do it.”