Motown Records and its subsidiary labels have produced plenty of great hits through the decades of its existence since 1959.
Some of the most memorable songs were performed by Marvin Gaye Jr., such as the widely popular “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and ‘What’s Going On,” among many others.
People still recognize his tunes and voice well more than half a decade after the songs were first recorded.
Marvin died tragically in 1984 following an altercation with his father, Gaye Sr., which resulted in a fatal shooting. Some say the tragedy was mainly due to Marvin’s excessive drug use and severe paranoia.
When the news broke that Gaye Sr. shot and killed his son, the American music industry found itself mourning one of Motown’s most fantastic but not necessarily surprised about what had just happened.
Marvin had been struggling with drug abuse throughout most of his music career.
His paranoia turned an otherwise run-of-the-mill argument between father and son at their family home in Crenshaw District, Los Angeles, into a tragic case of manslaughter.
10 /10 Gunshot Wound To The Chest
Marvin Gaye, known for his talent in mixing the urban-themed soul music with the tunes of the old-time gospel, was killed on April 1, 1984, in his family home on Gramercy in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles.
He was pronounced dead that day at around 1 p.m. at the California Hospital Medical Center.
The gunman was none other than his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., The first of the two shots fired, was immediately fatal as the slug entered Marvin’s chest at a 30-degree angle downward, going through his right lung, heart, diaphragm, liver, stomach, and left kidney.
9 /10 Beating His Father
The police arrested Gaye Sr., an apostolic minister, on the same day for an investigation about the death of his son.
Authorities confirmed that the shooting happened following an argument between the father and son because the latter had misplaced a letter from an insurance company.
As it turned out, the letter had nothing to do with Marvin at all. Investigators also said Marvin had beaten his father just moments before the shooting.
The two men reportedly had a troubled relationship; the son never believed the father appreciated his success.