Anna Gordy Gaye Dies; Singer's Ex-Wife, Motown Founder's Sister Was 92

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Anna Gordy Gaye, Marvin Gaye's ex-wife and the older sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away this morning in Los Angeles. She was 92.

She died inside her home from natural causes, according to reports. Family members discovered that Anna had passed away around 3 a.m. Friday.

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Anna and Marvin Gaye got married in 1964, and she was a huge influence on his career, co-writing two hits on his classic "What's Going On" album.

Marvin Gay also said his hit song "Pride and Joy" was inspired by his courtship of Anna back in the '60s. The couple eventually divorced in 1977.

She is survived by one child, son Marvin Gaye III.

Despite a marriage that fizzled out and was at times turbulent, the two remained close after they split up, and Gaye's death in 1984 devastated Anna.

When Gaye was honored with induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gordy attended and accepted Gaye's induction.

Anna Gordy made her last appearance with her famous brother Berry, who founded Motown Records, at a red carpet event where Berry was honored, in 2008.

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Anna Gordy had started Anna Records alnog with siste Gwen, Roquel Davis ("I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" - Coke jingle), before her brother Berry started the Tamla label, and was later absorbed into the corporation with their performers, including an unknown David Ruffin, Joe Tex, Lamont Anthony (aka Lamont Dozier), and Barrett Strong (Money, That's What I Want). Her legacy will never be forgotten by me.

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