Celebs React to Nick Ashford's Passing

Celebs React to Nick Ashford's Passing
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 23, 2011

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“Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson taught us how to love and sustain love,” Ledisi tells ESSENCE.com. “Their bond lifted the world through their songwriting and their artistry. My prayers go out to Ms.Valerie and their beautiful family.”

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“I’m so sorry @AsiaAshford, about the passing of your father. #NickAshford inspired so many artists.”

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“R.I.P Nick Ashford one of the most Soulful & Amazing Singer/Songwriters Timeless Classic Music.. Many Prayers & Blessings to his Family.”

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“We lost another Giant yesterday. The Great NICK ASHFORD. Nick,along with his wife Valerie Simpson wrote amazing songs.”

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“The passing of Nick Ashford is a tremendous loss for us in Black music and music in general,” producer Rico Love tells ESSENCE.com. “The music that he and Valarie Simpson created is timeless. He will live through his music because it made so many people happy and changed lives. It’s my personal obligation to keep Black music alive.”

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“Just heard about Nick Ashford. I am so sorry to get this news my heart goes out to Val and their daughters.”

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RIP Nick Ashforfd of Ashford & Simpson. One of my all time faves.”

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“R.I.P Nick Ashford of the incredible iconic songwriting team Ashford and Simpson. Your legacy in music will live on. I had so many favorites.”

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“Devastated! Just heard about the passing of a true gentleman, icon, husband & father Nick Ashford. RIP Mr. Ashford #heartbroken #NickAshford.”

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“Was sad to hear the news of Nick Ashford’s passing. Responsible for so many hits…my all time fave has got to be “Solid” (As a Rock). RIP.”

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RIP Nick Ashford. #legendary condolences to his wife Valerie.”

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“Heartbroken at the passing of my friend Nick Ashford. My thoughts are with his wife and life partner Val right now. #SolidAsARock”

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“I’m so sad that he’s gone…So many of the greatest are going to a greater place….what a legacy of infectious music… man!”

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