April 1 - 1984 - Marvin Gaye is Shot and Killed by His Father

While all celebrity deaths, especially the sudden and tragic ones, seem to move the culture, something was different about the death of Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye was one of the biggest music stars in the world who was beloved and respected as a songwriter and musician and had recently had a resurgence with the song "Sexual Healing." Despite that, he was shot by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr., at point blank range after the two had a serious physical altercation because Gaye was protecting his mother as his parents were fighting in the house Gaye had bought for them in Los Angeles. Marvin, Sr., was a physically abusive father who seemed to have special animus towards his namesake and beat his son almost daily. Marvin Gaye would develop a number of drug habits, which made him paranoid and violent, and he actually gave his father the gun that would kill him as a Christmas present to deter intruders. In the wake of the murder, Marvin Gay, Sr., would plead No Contest to Voluntary Manslaughter and serve probation, while an outpouring of emotion and grief came from the world of music.

William Floyd