*The 1500 seat Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York was filled with mourners, fans, and relatives who gathered to remember the legendary singer and songwriter Nick Ashford.
Known for his classic lyrics and songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” the singer died last week after battling throat cancer, leaving behind his two daughters and wife and best friend, Valerie Simpson.
“I’ve got a lot to say about a great man,” Simpson reflected on her husband moments after playing an emotionally filled tribute at the piano. “He was my soulmate. He was the man of my life.”
Renown pastor Calvin Butts presided over the funeral that included friends Roberta Flack, Phylicia Rashad, choreographer George Faison and actress Tichina Arnold.
“You and Nick showed so much love to people you didn’t even know” Arnold told Valerie Simpson before going into a tribute of “I’m Too Close.”
The service was originally set to take place Saturday, but due to Hurricane Irene, the funeral was postponed.
Ashford was 70.