Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s

The Final Years

On April 1, 1984, superstar soul singer Marvin Gaye, an artist who had defined the Motown sound of the 1960s and 1970s, was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr. at their house at 2101 South Gramercy Place in Western Heights in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Gaye was shot twice following an altercation with his father after he intervened in an argument between his parents. The wounds were fatal and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the California Hospital Medical Center. Gaye’s death inspired several musical tributes over the years including recollections of the incidents leading to his death. Gaye was given a burial plot at Forest Lawn Cemetery and was later cremated and his ashes spread around the Pacific Ocean. Gaye’s death is listed at No. 8 on VH-1/VH-1 Classic’s 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music.

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