Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#32 Marvin Gaye

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Born: April 2nd, 1939

Died: April 1st, 1984

Age at death: 44

Cause of death: Gunshot wound

On the afternoon of April 1st, 1984, singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye intervened in a fight between his parents in their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. He got into a physical altercation with his father, who shot Gaye twice, once in the chest, piercing his heart, and then into Gaye’s shoulder. Gaye was pronounced dead after his body arrived at California Hospital Medical Center.

After helping shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist, Gaye earned the monikers Prince of Motown and Prince of Soul. Gaye’s Motown hits include Ain’t That Peculiar, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. He also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross.