Family, friends, and stars said a final farewell to R&B legend Nick Ashford Monday.
They packed the Absynnian Baptist Church in Harlem for his funeral.
There was also a crowd of fans outside the church, all in a show of support for Ashford and to say goodbye.
"His spirit will always be with me and all my friends. His contribution to the music industry and everything about him will always fly high with my spirits," said one fan.
"I've known about him for a lot of years. I used to see him in the neighborhood, and he was a happy person that just inspired good wishes and kindness and good feelings in his songs,” said another.
Ashford and his wife, Valerie Simpson, made up the songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson.
They gained fame for hits such as "Solid" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
They also owned the Sugar Bar on West 72nd Street.
Ashford died of throat cancer last Monday at the age of 70.