Marvin Gaye: His Final 24 Hours

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Delve into the Prince of Motown’s violent childhood to uncover the root of Marvin Gaye’s strained relationship with his strict father and struggle with drugs.

Born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C. He sang in his father’s church and in the Moonglows before signing with Motown. He recorded songs by “Smokey Robinson” before becoming his own producer on the protest album What’s Going On. Gaye’s later records developed his production style and yielded several hits.

On his last day alive soul superstar Marvin is depressed and paranoid. He’s abandoned his latest tour and is holed up at his parents’ house in Los Angeles, California. His excessive drug use escalates and with it, the tension in the home. Soon, his lifelong power struggle with his father explodes in a violent climax as Marvin provokes his father into shooting him twice.

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