Marvin Gaye's Father
The Reverend Marvin Pentz Gay, Sr.
(October 1, 1914 – October 10, 1998) was an American fundamentalist minister of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church and later a spin-off sect called the House of God.
Born on a farm along Catnip Hill Pike in Jessamine County, Kentucky, he
was the father and murderer of famous Motown performer Marvin Pentz Gay,
Jr., later known as Marvin Gaye.
The father and son were said not to have gotten along. Gaye, Jr., was
said to have resented his father because he was a closeted crossdresser.
Gay, Sr., was displeased with his son's secular music and lifestyle, and
arguments between the two were regular and frequent.
Gay, Sr., shot his son twice (in the shoulder and
chest) and killed him during an argument at the Gays' Los Angeles,
California home on April 1, 1984. He served five years probation for the
filicide, after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and was
sent to a rest home for the remainder of his life. He died of pneumonia in
Culver City, California, at the age of 84, in 1998.
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