Famous for such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Sexual Healing,” Marvin Gaye was one of Motown’s biggest stars. But for the legendary soul singer, success didn’t mean a happily ever after. Famously, Gaye’s turbulent life was cut tragically short on April 1, 1984, with his own father having a hand in his demise. But what really transpired on that fateful day? And how did it all end up in murder?
Well, long before Gaye ever made it big, he had been raised in Washington, D.C. by his parents: minister Marvin Gay Sr. and his wife, a domestic services professional called Alberta. At the time of Gaye’s birth in April 1939, Marvin Sr. and Alberta already had a young daughter whom they had christened Jeanne. Then two years later, another son called Frankie arrived, followed by a girl called Zeola in 1945.