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Marvin Gaye's Ex-Wife Anna Gordy Gaye Dies at 92

February 1, 2014 (4:18 am) GMT
Anna, who is also the sister of Motown founder and a songwriter, passes away at her Los Angeles house from natural causes.
Marvin Gaye's Ex-Wife Anna Gordy Gaye Dies at 92

Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the former wife of , has passed away. She was 92. Anna died at her home in Los Angeles from natural causes on Friday, January 31.

According to a statement from her family, Anna was surrounded by her son Marvin Gaye III and other family members during her passing. "She will be deeply missed," the family said, as quoted by Billboard.

Anna co-wrote songs such as "Baby, I'm for Real" and "The Bells" for Motown's R&B group The Originals. She also teamed up with her then-husband for "Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)" and "God Is Love" which were featured in Marvin's album "What's Going On". She and the Grammy-winning singer were married for 14 years before separating in 1977.

"I do believe the fact that I was married to Berry Gordy's sister saved me from getting my contract ripped up several times," Marvin said of his career in an interview with PEOPLE in 1979. "Let's face it, I'm a little strange by most standards. I truly feel I'm an artist and I don't give any quarter nor do I ask any ... I gotta take the responsibility to show up every night. I may as well make the people who promote me happy and assured that I am not the unstable flake they think I am."

Marvin passed away in 1984. Anna is survived by her son, Marvin, and brother, Berry.

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