Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson Songwriting Duo Dies (Video)

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He and wife Valerie Simpson penned Motown hits like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand."

Nick Ashford, who wrote many Motown classics with his wife Valerie Simpson, died Monday. He was 70.

His longtime friend and former publicist Liz Rosenberg told the Associated Press that Ashford died in a New York City hospital.

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He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment.

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.

Ashford & Simpson sing their '80s hit "Solid" in the video below.