She was also the older sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy
Anna Gordy Gaye, the ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, has died at the age of 92.
Also the older sister of Motown records founder Berry Gordy – pictured below – Anna passed away yesterday (January 31) in Los Angeles, writes the Chicago Tribune. She was married to Gaye, who was 17 years younger than her, from 1964 to 1977, and the pair had one son, Marvin Gaye III.
In the 1960s, Anna founded her own record label, called Anna, writes Rolling Stone. It was then that Anna met Marvin, who was working as a session drummer. Anna co-wrote three Marvin Gaye songs, ‘God Is Love’ and ‘Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)’ on 1971’s ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Just to Keep You Satisfied’ on 1973’s ‘Let’s Get It On’.
The pair’s fraught divorce proceedings lasted two years. Marvin remarried in 1977 and was shot and killed by his father in 1984. In 1987 Anna and her son accepted Marvin’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on his behalf.