Motown Legend Nick Ashford Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

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Vibe / August 23, 2011

Music lost another legend on Monday night (Aug. 22). The Daily News reports singer/songwriter Nick Ashford of the duo Ashford & Simpson passed away last night after a battle with throat cancer. Ashford was sixty-nine-years-old at the time of his death.

The legendary R&B talent penned such Motown hits as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” along with “You’re All I Need To Get By.” Artists from 50 Cent and Amy Winehouse have sampled his tunes and timeless musicians such as Teddy Pendergrass, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan have worked by his side.

Ashford is survived by his wife, Valerie Simpson, who was also his musical partner and two daughters.

VIBE sends its deepest condolences to the Ashford family.