A legendary singer who met a violent end is the focus of a new TV series with Jamie Foxx executive producing. The series is about Motown star Marvin Gaye, who was shot to death by his father in 1984.
Gaye was known for a string of hits including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “What’s Going On,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” “Let’s Get It On” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” He earned the titles Prince of Motown and Prince of Soul, and is enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Variety reports that the project is a limited series that Foxx will produce with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones of de Passe Jones Entertainment. It will be shopped to linear and digital distribution outlets.
“Although several others have attempted to get series about Gaye off the ground, none before this have had the approval of the Gaye family,” Variety notes. “The Foxx-produced series has the blessing of Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III.”
Gaye was shot to death on April 1, 1984, by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their home in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. The shooting followed a physical altercation between the two men after the singer intervened in an argument between his parents.