Anna Gordy Gaye Dead: Gaye Was Marvin Gaye’s Ex-Wife and Sister of Berry Gordy

January 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Anna Gordy Gaye, the former wife of famed singer Marvin Gaye, has died on Friday at age 92.

Gaye was discovered in her home in Los Angeles around 3 a.m.

She died from natural causes, family members told TMZ.

She and Marvin got married in 1964, and she was said to be a big influence in his career, including co-composing two hits on his classic “What’s Going On” album.

Marvin also once said that one of his big hits, “Pride and Joy,” was inspired by Anna.

The pair had one child together, Marvin Gaye III, before getting divorced in 1977.

Anna was also the older sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

Below is a song that Marvin wrote when he and Anna were estranged, which was released in 1978.

 

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