Ashford's services were originally scheduled for Saturday night at 7 p.m. But with Hurricane Irene due to hit the East Coast and New York City, the services will now be held this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY.
Reports confirm Ashford's cause of death as throat cancer. He was 70.
We continue to send our best thoughts to Valerie Simpson and her family at this time.