We want to take a moment to mark a sad anniversary. Thirty years ago this week, Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father Marvin Gaye, Sr., in Los Angeles, a day before he would have turned 45.
Gaye is known for many songs, including “What’s Going On,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “”I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Sexual Healing.”
On April 1, 1984, an argument between his father and his mother about a misplaced insurance document got out of control. Marvin Gaye confronted his father, hitting and kicking him. His father came to Marvin’s room a few minutes later with a pistol and shot him in the chest, and then again.
Marvin Gaye, Sr., said at his sentencing, “If I could bring him back, I would. … I’m really sorry for everything that happened. I loved him. I wish he could step through this door right now. I’m paying the price now.”