Motown Records found founder Barry Gordy offers consolation to his sister Anna Gordy Gaye, first wife of the late singer Marvin Gaye, Jr., at a public visitation of Gaye's body on April 4, 1984 at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. (Nick Ut / AP Photo)
Detroit — 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 were married about a decade and co-wrote some songs together before he wed his second wife, Janis Gaye, in 1977.
The singer and his second wife met while he was still married to Gordy Gaye. Marvin Gaye was killed by his father in 1984.