Marvin Gay, Sr.

American minister and father of singer Marvin Gaye

Marvin Pentz Gay Sr. (October 1, 1914 – October 10, 1998) was an American minister. He was the father of singers Marvin Gaye and Frankie Gaye. He was best known for shooting and killing his son on April 1, 1984, following an argument at their Los Angeles home. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. He was given a six-year suspended sentence and five years probation.[1]

Marvin Gay, Sr.
Marvin Pentz Gay

(1914-10-01)October 1, 1914
DiedOctober 10, 1998(1998-10-10) (aged 84)
Criminal charge(s)Voluntary manslaughter
Criminal penaltySix-year suspended sentence, five years probation
Alberta Cooper
(m. 1935; div. 1984)
Children5, including Marvin Gaye and Frankie Gaye

In 1998, Gay died of pneumonia in Culver City, California at age 84.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "BBC News: ENTERTAINMENT - Marvin Gaye's father and killer dies". 25 October 1998. Retrieved December 8, 2012.