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Harvey Fuqua, the famed lead singer of the Moonglows and mentor to R&B legend Marvin Gaye died Tuesday at the age of 80.

Representatives for the Motown Alumni Association confirmed news of Fuqua’s passing saying that he died at a Detroit hospital of a heart attack.

Fuqua was regarded by a Gaye as a father figure who took him under his wing and added him to the Moonglows before he was murdered by his real father in 1984.

Fuqua started Tri-Phi and Harvey Records in 1961 and is credited for his role in the careers of the Spinners, Junior Walker & the All Stars, and Shorty Long.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy later hired him to help develop up and coming talent.