At 66 years old, Janis Hunter Gaye passed away. She was the late singer Marvin Gaye’s second wife. In her Rhode Island home, where she shared a house with her daughter Nona, the singer’s ex-wife passed away on Saturday. The cause of the death was not revealed.
Nona said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, “From the minute she met my father, she recognised how unhappy he was about the world, and she did everything she could to keep his memory alive after he was taken from us too soon.”
The 48-year-old recalled that she “spoke about every word and note of his song and wanted everyone to know about the man she fell in love with.”
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I’ll never see her again in this life, but I know my dad is with her in heaven and that she represents us in the hereafter. When Janis was 17 and they were both recording in Los Angeles in 1973, Marvin, who had won two Grammys, was introduced to her.
Townsend, Ed Her mother Barbara and Gaye’s producer were friends, so he brought Barbara to the recording studio to see Gaye’s performance. They welcomed a daughter called Nona the next year. They have a kid named Frankie in 1975. They were married in 1977, when she was 21 and he was 38.
Marvin dedicated his album “I Want You” to his partner, about whom he composed the popular song “Jan.”
Slim Gaillard, the singer of “Potato Chips” and “The Flat Foot Floogie,” is the father of Janis. She contributed vocals to Marvin’s popular song “Got to Give It Up.”
Only three years after their 1981 divorce, Marvin’s father shot and killed him on the day before his 45th birthday. Later, Janis managed the acting career of her daughter Nona, who landed roles in the Oscar-winning films “Crash,” “Ali,” and “The Matrix.”
All of Janis’ living descendants include her son Frankie, daughter Nona, sister Shawnn, brother Mark, and grandson Nolan.
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Janis was frank about her relationship with Marvin Gaye in her 2013 biography, “After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye,” which she co-wrote with David Ritz.
In the book, Janis described her first encounter with Marvin.
“His face exhibited a softness that carried the same promise as [one of his songs]: that life need not be cruel when it is lifted by melody and framed by harmony,” she wrote at the time. “All the pain was gone with his sound.”