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Motown Hitmaker Nick Ashford Dies at 70

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Aug 23, 2011 | 5:26am EDT

The world has lost another great musical artist. Reports are stating that Motown hitmaker Nick Ashford died last night at a hospital in New York City after a struggle with throat cancer. He was 70 years old. Although you may not be familiar with his name, you probably know at least a few of his greatest creations. Ashford, along with his wife Valerie Simpson, were responsible for bringing well known tunes such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I'm Every Woman" into our lives.

The couple met in 1963 at a church in Harlem and started writing songs together for the likes of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Over the years, Ashford and Simpson also wrote for Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Diana Ross, and many more -- truly making their mark on the music industry. The dynamic couple were married for nearly 37 years. Ashford is survived by Simpson and their two daughters, Nicole and Asia. He will be missed.

In memory of Ashford's work, check out his hit song "I'm Every Woman":

Source: E!

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