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Songwriter and ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, dies at 92

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When it came to soul music, Anna Gordy Gaye had a front row seat. The ex-wife of soul legend Marvin Gaye and the older sister of Motown record label found Berry Gordy Jr., has died at the age of 92 according to a report by the Chicago Tribune on Jan. 31.

A family publicist confirmed the news with the following statement:

"She died today at her Los Angeles home. She passed away from natural causes. They discovered her body at 3:00 a.m."

Although Anna Gordy Gaye wasn't front and center in the world of soul music, she played a role behind the scenes. The songwriter and businesswoman helped compose two of Marvin Gaye's songs on his classic album "What's Going On." Although their marriage only lasted from 1964 to 1977, he influence in his music will go into eternity as she was the inspiration behind his hit song "Pride and Joy."

Her influence in the world of music has also been chronicled in the hit Broadway show "Motown: The Musical".

Together, Anna and Marvin had one son together, Marvin Gaye III. In 1987 both Anna and her son accepted Marvin's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on his behalf.

Not only did they make a beautiful son, they made beautiful music together as Anna Gordy Gaye is now "Flying High (In the Friendly Sky)".


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