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Marvin Gaye Was Killed By His Father on This Day in 1984 (EUR Video Throwback)

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Marvin Gaye plays piano as he records in a studio in circa 1974. (Photo by Jim Britt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

*Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his own father on this day in 1984, one day before his 45th birthday.

Marvin Sr., a Christian minister who was described as a strict disciplinarian and abusive to his children, reportedly told his daughter Jeanne that if Marvin ever touched him, he’d “kill him.” The two had a contentious relationship for most of Gaye’s life. Marvin Sr. was a known crossdresser in his Washington D.C. neighborhood and Marvin was teased and bullied for it throughout his childhood. Gaye’s father never approved of his career in secular music and deeply resented that his son had a closer relationship with his mother, Alberta.

In the months leading up to his death, Marvin was said to be suicidal, even attempting to jump out of his sister’s moving car at one point. Gaye’s brother Frankie, who lived next door and heard the shots, held his famous brother as he said his last words. “I got what I wanted… I couldn’t do it myself, so I had him do it… it’s good, I ran my race, there’s no more left in me,” he said, according to Frankie. Gaye’s sister Jeanne later said in an interview that Marvin deliberately fought his father, knowing full well that he had threatened to kill him if he ever did. Forcing his father’s hand in the murder, Jeanne said, allowed Marvin to accomplish three things. “He put himself out of his misery. He brought relief to Mother by finally getting her husband out of her life. And he punished Father, by making certain that the rest of his life would be miserable… my brother knew just what he was doing.”

There were reportedly brief flashes of peace between the Marvin and his father, particularly after the success of Gaye’s masterful socio-political album “What’s Goin’ On” in 1971. The video below captured one of their rare moments of détente and includes conversation about the time Gaye tried out for the NFL’s Detroit Lions. Read all about that here.

Marvin Gaye and his dad, Marvin Sr.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on April 1, 1984, Gaye warned his father not to enter his mother’s room at his parents’ home in Los Angeles. The two were in a heated argument about misplaced insurance documents and Marvin Sr. was threatening to confront Alberta about it face to face.

Despite Gaye’s warnings, Marvin Sr. charged toward her bedroom door anyway, prompting Gaye to physically shove his dad out of the room and into the hallway before punching and kicking him. After the beating, Marvin Sr. reportedly retrieved his Smith & Wesson .38 special pistol, which Gaye had given to his father for Christmas months earlier so that he could defend the home from intruders. Marvin Sr. shot his son in the shoulder, then stood over him and fired a second shot from point blank range into his chest.

Gaye was pronounced dead on arrival at the California Hospital Medical Center.

Entertainment Tonight reports on Marvin Gaye’s death

Marvin Sr. was sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered that he had a brain tumor.

Marvin Gaye Sr.’s attorney talks about his brain tumor

Gaye’s star-studded open-casket funeral on April 5, 1984 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale was attended by over 10,000 mourners, including his Motown colleagues; his two ex-wives, Anna Gaye and Janis Gaye; and his siblings, mother and three children.

Gaye was laid out in a gold and white military style uniform with an ermine wrap at his shoulder, an outfit from his final concert tour in 1983.

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Marvin Gaye

Smokey Robinson and Dick Gregory delivered eulogies, and Stevie Wonder performed “Lighting Up the Candles.”

Gaye was given a burial plot at Forest Lawn, but was later cremated per his family’s request. Half of his ashes were spread near the Pacific Ocean by his three children and Anna Gaye. Anna and their adopted son, Marvin III, also kept a small sample of the ashes for themselves.

Gaye’s death inspired a number of musical tributes in the years after the tragedy. Just seven months after his death, Diana Ross released the song “Missing You” from her album “Swept Away” in honor of her friend and Motown colleague. The video featured footage of Gaye at her 1982 concert in Brussels.

Also in November 1984, Teena Marie released the tribute song, “My Dear Mr. Gaye” from her album, “Starchild,” the highest selling album of her career.

The same year, The Commodores released “Nightshift,” which honored both Gaye and Jackie Wilson, who also died in 1984. It was featured on their album of the same name.

Ross hosted the “American Music Awards” the following January and led the “In Memoriam” segment honoring stars who died in 1984. Gaye led the tribute.

In 1989, Frankie Beverly & Maze released “Silky Soul,” with a melody inspired by “What’s Going On” and Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter with second wife Janis, featured in the video.

Gaye’s music was also honored in songs released from his family members. His brother Frankie signed with Motorcity Records and recorded two singles, “Extraordinary Girl” and “My Brother” in 1990.

On the live-stage side, Marvin’s lil sis, Zeola Gaye produced the hit play, “My Brother Marvin.”

Meanwhile, Nona Gaye went on to launch a recording career of her own in 1992. During the three years that she dated and collaborated with Prince, the pair delivered the below cover of “Inner City Blues” for Prince’s VH1 special “Love 4 One Another” in early 1996. The track was produced by Me’Shell NdegéOcello and The Revolution’s Wendy Melvoin, who also played guitar on the track with Revolution bandmate and longtime collaborator Lisa Coleman on keyboards.  Prince’s Paisley Park provided the backdrop for the visual.

Marvin Gaye’s legacy lives on as many institutions have posthumously bestowed him with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, among many others. In the last 2 years he’s been honored by the US Postal service with a stamp and a post office named after him in Los Angeles. For more on Marvin Gaye, visit his Wikipedia page

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Must See: Mike Tyson Stuns Lil Boosie: Asks Rapper If it’s Possible He’s ‘A Homosexual’ / WATCH

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*Poor Lil Boosie. Like they say on the streets, he ain’t see it comin’. No he didn’t. Dude had no clue that Mike Tyson, of all people, was gonna blow his mind.

All Tyson did was brilliantly ask the Louisiana rapper something that social media has been asking him for years,  but of course it was never to his face and it came via a physical force that’s also intimidating.

Anyway, Lil Boosie, as you know (if you follow him) has VERY STRONG opinions on gay and transgender people. Remember the incident not too long ago where damn near demanded that  Dwyane Wade not cut off his son-now daughter’s penis.

With no hesitation, Tyson incisively and quietly  asked Boosie is it possible he is a “homosexual” and that is why he lashes out.

Boosie stuttered a bit before answering.

Below is the full interview followed by some of the Twitter reactions.

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Larry Buford: Judgment or Test? America’s Job Experience

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*[This is a chapter from my book, “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand, first published in 2007. Although many other tragic events have happened in the 13 years since then, including the current global pandemic, I think it is still relevant as history continues to repeat itself]

Breaking news: Bridge Collapses, Victims Killed; Miner’s Trapped, Victims Killed; Record Flooding, Victims Killed; Senseless Shooting, Victims Killed; Raging Fires, Victims Killed; and the list goes on!!

While it seems like all hell is breaking loose, one may ask, is America being judged or tested?

The biblical character Job received (heart) “breaking news” [Job chapter 1]: “And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword…While he was speaking, there also came another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them…”

In the end, Job had received back-to-back reports from four different messengers that he had suffered great losses including his children. Job even lost his health, but eventually regained everything even more in abundance. It was a test to see if Job would deny God.

Prior to the 911 tragedy, we seldom heard of God or Jesus in mainstream media. Since then it has become acceptable, and more and more prevalent with each new turn of tragic events. Is God testing America to see if we truly are a Christian nation? Or is this judgment on a nation that has turned its back towards God?

If it’s a test, we as a nation should hold steadfast our convictions as did Job. If judgment, God says in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

There is yet hope for America!

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Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based contributing writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” and “Book To The Future” (Amazon); two insightful books that speak to our moral conscience in times like these. Email: [email protected]

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Rapper Offset Pulled from Car & Detained by Cops for Driving Through Trump Supporters! (Watch)

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*If you haven’t heard, rapper Offset was almost arrested while live-streaming himself driving through a pro-Trump rally on Saturday.

Yep, the guy who’s currently married to Cardi B, was pulled over by Beverly Hills police after he drove through a crowd of Trump supporters and allegedly waved a handgun.

Beverly Hills police surrounded Offset’s vehicle with guns drawn. He refused orders to take his hand off his steering wheel and turn off the engine.

Offset: “I’m not finna do that.”

Cop: “Why not?”

“Because you got guns out. I’m not finna move my hands from my steering wheel.”

Offset live-streamed the traffic stop, telling police “Do you know who I am? I’m Offset from the Migos!”

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When a female officer told him he was seen waving a gun in the air, Offset said, “You just watched somebody beat my car up with a flag. What are you talking about?”

Another officer approached the car, reached in the driver’s side window and unlocked the car door. The officer then snatched Offset out of the vehicle. We’ve learned that he was only detained and eventually released.

Beverly Hills police also confirmed they detained a man for pointing a gun at Trump supporters.

Apparently they man they arrested for possession of a concealed loaded weapon is Marcelo Almanzar, Cardi B’s cousin.

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