On April 1, 1984 legendary Motown Singer Marvin Gaye was killed by his own father. Today we celebrates his life, legacy and multi-million dollar lawsuit that was awarded in favor of his offspring.

"I remember Marvin Gaye used to sang to me. Had me feeling like Black was the thing to be". - 2 Pac

Although he's been gone over 30 years now, Marvin Gaye continues to influence pop culture. Robin Thicke sampled the song Gaye recorded with his sister Zeola "Got to Give it Up" in the 2013 mega hit "Blurred Lines".

In March 2015, Marvin Gaye's estate was awarded $7.4 million in the copyright infringement case over Robin Thicke's use of the song without permission. Since the announcement, rumors have swirled about an "ugly rift" the money has caused between members of the Gaye family. Zeola sets the record straight in this recent interview with Huff Post Live.

"Neither myself nor my sister are feuding over the financial reward that my niece and nephew received from the lawsuit. Absolutely not. If anything, we are very happy. I was so happy that the lawsuit went into their favor," - Zeola Gaye

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Marvin Gaye had 18 Top 10 hit singles and is best known for such classics as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "What's Going On," "Let's Get It On," and his 1982 comeback song, the chart-topping "Sexual Healing," which earned him two Grammy Awards.

A day before his 45th birthday on April 1, 1984 at approximately 11:38 a.m. PST, a father/son fight broke out between Marvin Gaye Jr and preacher Marvin Gay over the senior Marvin's treatment of his mother during an argument over insurance papers. The fight allegedly turned physical when, as Alberta Gay said in a 1985 Ebony article, that her son pushed and kicked his father.

As the story goes, Gay Sr. allegedly retaliated with a gunshot from a .38 pistol to his son's chest followed by a second gunshot reportedly fired at point-blank range. And that was the tragic end of Marvin Gaye Jr's life.

This interview was tapped shortly before his untimely death.