Legendary Motown Singer-Songwriter Dies

Recording artists  Nick Ashford and Valerie  Simpson  attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York  City Center in 2009. Ashford died from throat cancer Monday. He was 70 years old. i

Recording artists Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York City Center in 2009. Ashford died from throat cancer Monday. He was 70 years old. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Recording artists  Nick Ashford and Valerie  Simpson  attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York  City Center in 2009. Ashford died from throat cancer Monday. He was 70 years old.

Recording artists Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York City Center in 2009. Ashford died from throat cancer Monday. He was 70 years old.

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Nick Ashford passed away Monday after battling throat cancer. He was age 70. He and his wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of the most memorable R&B hits from the 1960's, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing."

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