Marvin Gaye secretly suffered from depression and substance abuse. In 1969, he attempted to shoot himself with a handgun but was stopped by Berry Gordy. In 1979, he ingested a full ounce of cocaine thinking it would be a "slow but pleasant death, less messy than a gun." The week of his death, Gaye jumped out of a moving car but only got minor injuries.

Marvin Gaye described his depression during an interview a year before his death. "I was at my lowest ebb. I really didn't feel like I was loved. Because I didn't feel love, I felt useless."

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The Straight Outta Compton director says that Marvin Gaye was ahead of his time.

Taylor Lewis
Sep, 28, 2015

Fresh off the success of Straight Outta Compton, director F. Gary Gray might already be thinking about his next hit.

The record-breaking filmmaker told TMZ that if he were to work on another biopic, his subject would be the late, great Marvin Gaye.

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"All the things he talked about in his albums and what is going on is relevant now," Gray told TMZ reporters, calling Gaye his favorite artist. "He was ahead of his time. His story is somewhat Shakespearean."

So does that mean that we can expect a Marvin Gaye biopic? Only time will tell.