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Notable deaths: Ex-wife of Marvin Gaye; Andy Warhol’s brother

Anna Gordy Gaye
singer’s wife

Anna Gordy Gaye, who was married to musical great Marvin Gaye and whose brother founded Motown Records, died Jan. 31 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.

The family confirmed her death in a statement. The cause was not disclosed.

Ms. Gordy Gaye’s brother, Berry Gordy, founded the record label in Detroit with a family loan in 1959. He named one Motown subsidiary after his sister — and it was on that subsidiary, Anna, that Marvin Gaye recorded his early work.

He and Ms. Gordy Gaye were married in 1963, when she was 41 and he was 24. She was reportedly the inspiration for the singer’s first Top 10 hit, “Pride and Joy,” in 1963. She contributed two songs to Gaye’s celebrated 1971 album, “What’s Going On.”

They co-wrote several songs before their divorce in 1976. They had one son, Marvin Gaye III, born in 1966.

Marvin Gaye was shot to death in 1984 during an argument with his father.

Ms. Gordy Gaye’s survivors include Berry Gordy and another brother.

Paul Warhola
artist’s brother

Paul Warhola, the elder brother of artist Andy Warhol, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in Aspinwall, Pa. He was 91.

John N. Bauer, director of a funderal home in Aspinwall, outside Pittsburgh, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed.

Mr. Warhola owned successful scrap businesses in and near Pittsburgh. Later in life, he made paintings using chicken’s feet. He was a Navy veteran.

Luis Aragones
soccer coach

Luis Aragones, a soccer coach who built the Spanish national team into a global powerhouse, died Feb. 1 at a Madrid hospital. He was 75.

The Spanish soccer federation announced the death. The cause was not disclosed.

Mr. Aragones stepped down as Spain’s national coach after leading the team to its first major title in 44 years at the 2008 European championship.

The Spanish team went on to win the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European title under his successor, Vicente del Bosque.

— From news services

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