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Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s ex, dies at 75

NEW YORK (AP) — Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such 1960s hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

Gerry Goffin
Gerry Goffin attends the opening night of ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ on January 12, 2014 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard, Getty Images)

He and King also were behind “Halfway to Paradise” and “The Loco-Motion.”

His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died Wednesday of natural causes.

Goffin married King in 1959 while they were in their teens. He penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees, “Crying in the Rain” by the Everly Brothers, “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee and “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor.

Goffin and King divorced in 1968. Their love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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