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Anna Gordy, ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, dies

By Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 12:09 PM EST, Sun February 2, 2014
Anna Gordy Gaye, older sister of Berry Gordy and ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, died at 92.
Anna Gordy Gaye, older sister of Berry Gordy and ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, died at 92.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gordy died Friday surrounded by relatives
  • Her 14-year marriage to Marvin Gaye ended in divorce
  • She inspired some of his hit songs, including "Pride and Joy"

(CNN) -- Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown's founder and ex-wife of late legendary singer Marvin Gaye, has died.

She was 92.

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She died early Friday surrounded by relatives, her family said in a statement.

Her 14-year marriage to Gaye ended in divorce, but not before she inspired some of his songs, including "Pride and Joy" and "You're a Wonderful One."

The couple divorced in 1977 but remained friends until his death seven years later, the family said. He was shot by his father with a gun he'd given him for safety.

She is survived by a son, Marvin Gaye III, and two brothers, including Berry Gordy, who founded the Motown record label.

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CNN's Abbey Goodman contributed to this report

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