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Marvin Gaye performs on Soul Train surrounded by dancers James Phillips and Fawn Quinones

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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.

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