Gaye won two Grammys in 1983 for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "Sexual Healing (Instrumental Version)" and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for "Sexual Healing," the latter of which he got posthumously in 1996.
He received ten additional nominations for Grammy Awards, including Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental for "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1968), Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Male for "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (1969), Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "After The Dance" (1977), Best Rhythm & Blues Song for "Sexual Healing" (1983), and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for (1984).
In 2001, Marvin received a posthumous Online Film & Television Association Award nomination for Best Music, Adapted Song for Jack Black's rendition of "Let's Get It On" in the movie "High Fidelity."
Gaye got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990 after being elected into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame in 1988.
Gaye was in debt when he passed away. The recording artist's death resulted in a $9 million loss in net worth.
His underwhelming net worth was mostly the result of owing taxes to the IRS. Gaye "sold the majority of his music royalties rights to Motown Records but was able to retain the publishing rights," according to the journal.
All of his estate's royalties, which were estimated to be worth $1 million year for several years following his passing, went to the IRS. In 1987, Gaye received a nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jeanne Gaye, Marvin Jr.'s sister, recollects her father once threatening her that he would murder Marvin Jr. if he ever touched him.
Marvin Jr. frequently discussed death and suicide. He had also grown more and more paranoid in his later years.
On April 1, 1984, Frankie, Marvin Jr.'s brother, held Marvin as he bled to death. Marvin's last words, according to him, were, "I got what I wanted... I couldn't do it myself, so I had him do it... It's OK, I ran my race, there's no more in me."
According to the first autopsy and toxicology findings, Marvin Jr. died from a combination of cocaine and PCP poisoning. Despite the fact that just traces of cocaine were discovered in his system, it was subsequently reported.
Even though Marvin Sr. had a brain tumor removed only a month prior, he was found to be competent to stand trial and given a June 20, 1984, appearance date.
Marvin Sr. received a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation from Judge Gordon Ringer, which meant that he would not go to jail until his probation was successfully completed.
Throughout the 1980s, Marvin lived in exile from taxes in Europe. He had amassed up to $9.2 million in debt in the days before his death, putting him under a great deal of financial duress. Of this, the IRS owed unpaid taxes totaling $4.5 million.