How did Marvin Gaye die? He was killed by his own father
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10 fascinating facts about Marvin Gaye
6. How did Marvin Gaye die? He was killed by his own father
The day before his 45th birthday, an argument between Marvin and his father Marvin Sr escalated into violence. The reasons behind the fight are unknown. Some say it was due to a decades-long period of abuse that he endured from his father. On the night of April 1, 1984, Marvin was shot twice. Marvin Sr died without any recollection of shooting his son. After a 6-year suspended sentence and a 5-year probation, he lived the rest of his life in nursing homes, and died aged 84 in 1998.