By Adam Hetrick
19 Jun 2014
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The announcement was made by his wife Michele Goffin. Gerald "Gerry" Goffin, was born Feb. 11, 1939 in Brooklyn. King and Goffin, who were married in 1959, are the parents of Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor.
King released a statement on Goffin's passing. "Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren."
"His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say. If you want to join his loved ones in honoring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs. Among the titles associated with me, you’ll often find Gerry’s name next to mine," King added.
Goffin is also credited with nurturing the talents of Kelly Clarkson and several other popular music personalities.
On stage, Goffin's legacy continues in the current Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Actor Jake Epstein portrays Goffin in the Tony-nominated musical that uses songs by King, Goffin and more for its score.