DETROIT (AP) — Anna Gordy Gaye, who was married to musical great Marvin Gaye and whose brother founded Motown Records, has died.
A statement released by the family says Gordy Gaye died at her Los Angeles home Friday while surrounded by family, including her son, Marvin Gaye III. She was 92.
Her brother, Berry Gordy, founded Motown Records in Detroit in 1959. He named one label subsidiary after his sister.
It was on that subsidiary, named Anna, that Marvin Gaye recorded his early work. He and Anna Gordy Gaye co-wrote some songs together and were married about a decade before they divorced in 1976.
She received $600,000 in royalties from him, and he used the breakup as inspiration for "Here My Dear," a 71-minute musical recount of their parting. He remarried in 1977.