(NEW YORK) -- Nick Ashford, one half of the of the legendary songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, has died. His former publicist confirms to ABC News Radio that Ashford, who'd been battling throat cancer, died Monday at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His wife, Valerie, and daughters Nicole and Asia were at his side when he passed. Ashford was 70.
Ashford is best remembered for the string of Motown hits he wrote with his wife, Valerie Simpson, including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, You're All I Need To Get By, Your Precious Love, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand and many others. As performers, Ashford & Simpson scored a top-15 hit in 1984 with Solid.
Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service will be held at a future date.
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