Nick Ashford, half of the legendary musical duo Ashford & Simpson, died Monday (August 22) in a New York City hospital. The Motown singer/songwriter had undergone radiation treatment for throat cancer and was 70 years old.
His former publicist and friend, Liz Rosenberg, broke the news to the Associated Press.
Perhaps best known for the 1984 single “Solid (As a Rock)” with his wife and partner, Valerie Simpson, the duo also wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need to Get By”, not to mention a plethora of other hits including “I’m Every Woman”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and more! The couple, who were married for 38 years, have two daughters.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.