Anniversary of Marvin Gaye's Murder
"Sexual Healing" turned into Gaye's biggest-selling single ever. It also signaled his return to America. But by 1984, the demons were back. Despite the return to musical glory, Gaye still owed too much money and the mental health and drug addiction issues were far from healed. Friendships and relationships were in tatters and Gaye was becoming increasingly paranoid. He told his friends that he feared killers were following him and scored himself a bulletproof vest.
After the Sexual Healing tour finished, Gaye opted to stay at his parents' house in Los Angeles. Problem was, Marvin and his father had along history of antagonism dating back to Marvin's childhood. Doped up, Gaye had taken to carrying a gun in his bathrobe pocket, and his growing paranoia had seen him give his father a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson. more on this story
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