Songwriting legend Nick Ashford died on Monday at the age of 70, according to his friend and former publicist Liz Rosenberg, reported AP.
The artist is survived by Valerie Simpson, his wife and songwriting partner, and by two daughters. Ashford died from the throat cancer he had been battling.
Ashford, along with partner Valerie Simpson, wrote some of the most iconic hits in the 1960s and 1970s. His hits include Ain't No Mountain High Enough and Let's Go Get Stoned, notably performed by Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles, respectively.
The duo was inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in 2002
The pair started out as a performing duo and has some limited success in that capacity throughout their career. One of their more well-known songs is Solid As A Rock.
Left rehearsal. Heard Nick Ashford passed. A legend. My heart goes out to Valerie. My Lord, ain't no mountain high enough. Solid as a rock, tweeted songwriter and singer Lenny Kravitz.
Nick Ashford (RIP) your songs and melodies touched millions of lives and will never fade. We #Salute your Life, tweeted rapper MC Hammer.
R.I.P. Nick Ashford. Your dedication to music will live on 4ever. My prayers & thoughts go out to his beloved Valerie, tweeted singer Tichina Arnold.