Gerry Goffin, a talented songwriter who produced many hits with his first wife Carole King, has died at the age of 75.
His second wife, Michelle Goffin, confirms the lyricist passed away early Thursday at their home in LA.
Although he has been divorced from Carole since 1968, Gerry will forever be associated with the music icon, having co-written popular songs such as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "The Loco-Motion" with the Grammy winner.
Overall, he penned more than 50 top 40 hits and was inducted with Carole into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In a statement, the "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" singer called Gerry her "first love" who had a "profound impact" on her life.
"Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come," she said. "His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say."
Even after the pair divorced, Gerry continued to have a successful career, writing more hits including Whitney Houston's "Savin' All My Love for You." He also earned an Academy Award nomination for the theme to the 1975 film, Mahogany.
Gerry is survived by his second wife and five children.