According to MSNBC News, the son of music legend Lou Rawls is suing the son of Motown legend Marvin Gaye, claiming he was attacked by “four large dogs” during a visit to Gaye’s Hollywood home in 2005. The complaint by Lou Rawls Jr. against Marvin Gaye III was filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. Rawls claims the dogs “bit, clawed and physically and mentally injured” him, causing him to suffer “loss of blood, tearing of flesh, multiple dog bite wounds, fear of disease” and other injuries, according to court documents. He is seeking unspecified damages. “I have no comment at this time,” Rawls’ attorney, Alexander J. Petale, said Tuesday. A phone number for Gaye couldn’t be obtained, and a court spokeswoman said no lawyer had yet been named for him. Marvin Gaye III is the adopted son of Marvin and his first wife Anna Gaye. He was born in 1965. Lou Jr is one of Lou Rawls four children. Lou had three children with his first wife Lana including Lou Jr's two sisters Louanna and Kendra.
Lou Rawls, the Grammy winning singer and longtime community activist who started as a choir boy and went on to record such classic tunes as "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," died Friday of cancer. He was 72. Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was hospitalized last month for treatment of lung and brain cancer, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin. His wife, Nina, was at his bedside when he died. Rawls was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2004 and brain cancer in May 2005. Rawls told Shefrin he quit smoking 35 to 40 years ago. Asked about reports Rawls tried to treat his cancer holistically, Shefrin said: "He did try alternative methods. He used traditional and alternative methods." Rawls played a major role in the United Negro College Fund, helping to raise more than $200 million. Along with his wife, Rawls is survived by four children: Louanna Rawls, Lou Rawls Jr., Kendra Smith and Aiden Rawls.