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He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, but his story is a story of family turmoil ending in tragedy.
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On April 4 1984, at around midday, Marvin Gaye intervened in an argument between his parents. Marvin Gay Sr became enraged at such subordination by his son, but Gaye Jr was no longer a weak child. The two men became embroiled in a physical altercation, with the younger Gaye Jr likely to have been the more powerful. Unable to control his rage, Gay Sr took a revolver and shot his son in the heart. Marvin Gaye was pronounced dead at hospital. On his death bed in 1998, Gay Sr would deny any memory.
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