Motown Legend Nickolas Ashford Dead At 69

"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the premiere of "For Colored Girls" at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
41st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony - Cocktails
41st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony - Cocktails
NEW YORK - JUNE 17: (L-R) Evander Holyfield, Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford attend the 41st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriter's Hall of Fame)
Natalie Cole's 60th Birthday Celebration
Natalie Cole's 60th Birthday Celebration
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, Premium Rates Apply) Musicians Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Susan Crow and singer Tony Bennett attend Natalie Cole's 60th Birthday Celebration at TAO on February 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
2009 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Party
2009 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Party
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Party at the Hilton Hotel on December 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Nickolas Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson attend the premiere of "For Colored Girls" at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Natalie Cole's 60th Birthday Celebration
Natalie Cole's 60th Birthday Celebration
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, Premium Rates Apply) Musicians Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend Natalie Cole's 60th Birthday Celebration at TAO on February 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Nickolas Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson attend the premiere of "For Colored Girls" at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
"For Colored Girls" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Nickolas Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson attend the premiere of "For Colored Girls" at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Laura Smalls Fall/Winter 2010 Presentation
Laura Smalls Fall/Winter 2010 Presentation
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: Nickolas Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson attend the Laura Smalls Fall/Winter 2010 presentation at The Plaza Hotel on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
2009 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance
2009 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Recording artists Nick Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York City Center on December 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Cicely L. Tyson Community School Of Performing & Fine Arts Grand Unveiling
Cicely L. Tyson Community School Of Performing & Fine Arts Grand Unveiling
EAST ORANGE, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts grand unveiling on October 24, 2009 in East Orange, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
Cicely L. Tyson Community School Of Performing & Fine Arts Grand Unveiling
Cicely L. Tyson Community School Of Performing & Fine Arts Grand Unveiling
EAST ORANGE, NJ - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) George Faison, Nick Ashford, Valeria Simpson, Soledad O'Brien, Tamara Tunie, NJ Governor Jon Corzine, Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, former NY City Mayor David Dinkins, Marilyn Bowser, East Orange, NJ Mayor Robert Bowser, and Jeff Majors attend the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts grand unveiling on October 24, 2009 in East Orange, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
MoMA's 41st Annual Party In The Garden
MoMA's 41st Annual Party In The Garden
NEW YORK - MAY 26: Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson attend MoMA's 41st Annual Party in the Garden at The Museum of Modern Art on May 26, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
2009 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance
2009 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Recording artists Nick Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York City Center on December 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Cicely L. Tyson Community School Of Performing & Fine Arts Grand Unveiling
Cicely L. Tyson Community School Of Performing & Fine Arts Grand Unveiling
EAST ORANGE, NJ - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Singer Bebe Winans, author Susan L Taylor, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpon and stylist Ellin LeVAr attend the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts grand unveiling on October 24, 2009 in East Orange, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
NEW YORK - JUNE 02: Songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Apollo Theater on May 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
2007 Angel Ball Sponsored by LEVIEV - Red Carpet
2007 Angel Ball Sponsored by LEVIEV - Red Carpet
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Singers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson arrive at the 2007 Angel Ball sponsored by LEVIEV to benefit the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on October 29, 2007. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images for LEVIEV)
The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation Q Prize Awards
The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation Q Prize Awards
NEW YORK - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Singer Mario, Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford arrive at the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation Q Prize Awards at the Core Club on January 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
NEW YORK - JUNE 02: Songwriter Nickolas Ashford attends the Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Apollo Theater on May 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
MoMA Hosts The 38th Annual Party In The Garden - Arrivals
MoMA Hosts The 38th Annual Party In The Garden - Arrivals
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Singers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the 38th Annual Party In The Garden at the MoMA Museum on June 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
NEW YORK - JUNE 02: Songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Apollo Theater on May 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
MoMA Hosts The 38th Annual Party In The Garden
MoMA Hosts The 38th Annual Party In The Garden
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Singers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend The Museum of Modern Arts' 38th Annual Party in the Garden June 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
NEW YORK - JUNE 02: Songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Apollo Theater on May 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey Host Screening Of ABC TV Special "Legends"
Oprah Winfrey Host Screening Of ABC TV Special "Legends"
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford attend the screening of "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball" at JP Morgan Library May 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey Host Screening Of ABC TV Special "Legends"
Oprah Winfrey Host Screening Of ABC TV Special "Legends"
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford attend the screening of "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball" at JP Morgan Library May 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
50th Annual Grammy Awards - Arrivals
50th Annual Grammy Awards - Arrivals
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singers Nickolas Ashford (L) and Valerie Simpson arrive at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Denise Rich Hosts A Pre-Grammy Celebration For John Legend
Denise Rich Hosts A Pre-Grammy Celebration For John Legend
NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: Songwriters Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford arrive at the Pre-Grammy Celebration for John Legend hosted by Denise Rich January 30, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey Host Screening Of ABC TV Special "Legends"
Oprah Winfrey Host Screening Of ABC TV Special "Legends"
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford attend the screening of "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball" at JP Morgan Library May 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation Q Prize Awards
The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation Q Prize Awards
NEW YORK - JANUARY 24: Nickolas Ashford(L) and Valerie Simpson arrive at the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation Q Prize Awards at the Core Club on January 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: Valerie Simpson and her husband Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) perform at the Kodak theater for Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular on January 26, 2006 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
2007 Angel Ball Sponsored by LEVIEV - Red Carpet
2007 Angel Ball Sponsored by LEVIEV - Red Carpet
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Singers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson arrive at the 2007 Angel Ball sponsored by LEVIEV to benefit the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on October 29, 2007. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images for LEVIEV)
Broadway Opening Of "Hot Feet"
Broadway Opening Of "Hot Feet"
NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford arrive to the Broadway opening of "Hot Feet" at the Hilton Theater on April 30, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: Nick Ashford performs at the Kodak theater for Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular on January 26, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: Valerie Simpson and her husband Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) perform at the Kodak theater for Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular on January 26, 2006 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: Valerie Simpson and her husband Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) perform at the Kodak theater for Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular on January 26, 2006 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Motown 45
Motown 45
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 4: (L) Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson perform at "Motown 45" Anniversary Celebration Show held at the Shrine Auditorium, April 4, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Motown 45
Motown 45
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 4: (L) Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson perform at "Motown 45" Anniversary Celebration Show held at the Shrine Auditorium, April 4, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Motown 45
Motown 45
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 4: (L-R) Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson, Joss Stone and Smokey Robinson perform at "Motown 45" Anniversary Celebration Show held at the Shrine Auditorium, April 4, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: Valerie Simpson and her husband Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) perform at the Kodak theater for Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular on January 26, 2006 in Hollywood, California (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards Gala - Arrivals
22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards Gala - Arrivals
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: Musicians Big Boi of Outkast, Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford attend the 22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards Gala on May 16, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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