The music industry suffered a huge loss today, as legend Nick Ashford of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, has died at age 70. RIP and condolences to the family and friends. Details after the jump.

Marisa Mendez

(AP) – His longtime friend and former publicist Liz Rosenberg told the Associated Press that Ashford — who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits — died Monday in a New York City hospital. 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.