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Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson perform at The Apollo Theater on February 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)

Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson perform at The Apollo Theater on February 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)

WCHB – Longtime friend and former publicist Liz Rosenberg along with wife Valerie Simpson confirmed Nickolas Ashford died in a New York City hospital after suffering from throat cancer. As you know Ashford And Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits.

Among the songs Ashford & Simpson penned are Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need To Get By and Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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