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Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson songwriting team dies at 70
Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson songwriting team dies at 70

Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday, his former publicist said. He was 70. Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown's biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said publicist and longtime friend Liz Rosenberg. He had throat cancer. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Nick Ashford: The obituary of songwriter Nick Ashford in the Aug. 24 LATExtra section said that Ashford and his wife, Valerie Simpson, were responsible for the song "Missing You" recorded by Diana Ross. Lionel Richie...

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