The Death of Marvin Gaye

The Los Angeles home where Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father.

The Los Angeles home where Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father.

2101 S. Gramercy Place, Los Angeles, CA

On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr. at their house on 2101 S. Gramercy Place in Los Angeles, CA.   The pair had been physically and verbally fighting that day, mainly over a misplaced insurance policy document and Gaye Sr’s confronting his mother. Around 11:38 am, Marvin Sr. entered Marvin Jr.’s bedroom where the son was with his mother and shot him twice with a .38 pistol that the son had purchased for the father.   The singer was taken to California Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Looking over documents, the amount of drugs in Gaye’s system, and pictures of Marvin, Sr.’s injuries during his final fight with his son, Judge Ronald M. George agreed to grant Marvin, Sr. a plea bargain. As a result, Marvin Sr. pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge on September 20, 1984.  On November 2, 1984, Judge Gordon Ringer sentenced Marvin, Sr. to a six-year suspended sentence and five years probation.

Required listening:

  1. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
  2. Sexual Healing
  3. Let’s Get It On
  4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  5. What’s Going On

 

The Los Angeles home where Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father.

The Los Angeles home where Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father.

 

People gathering outside Marvin Gaye's house following news the singer was fatally shot, April 1, 1984.

People gathering outside Marvin Gaye’s house following news the singer was fatally shot, April 1, 1984.