We all know that Marvin Gaye’s father shot him in 1984. But no one is really clear on whether it was murder or suicide. During the time, Marvin was suicidal, strung out and losing his mind.
Marvin’s daddy had always said that if any of his kids ever raised a hand to him, he’d kill him. Marvin punched his father during an argument one night. Then he waited while his father walked calmly into the other room, came back and shot him right in the heart.
His alleged dying words to his brother Frankie were:
“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.”