The Motown Record Company singer who was killed by his father in 1984 was Marvin Gaye. On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye Sr. shot and killed his son after a physical altercation. Gaye Sr. claimed he acted in self-defense, but he was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The two men were at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles, California. Gaye was shot twice by his father after he intervened in an argument between his parents.

Marvin Gaye (April 1939 – April 1984) lived his life as a singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s. He was one of the most influential music performers of his generation. He broadens the scope of R&B music in the 1970s. Released in 1971, his expansive masterwork, "What's Going On", is now widely considered one of the greatest recordings in the history of American popular music.

After Gaye became a solo artist, he produced a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul".

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