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In 1967, Gaye began working on duets with singer Tammi Terrell. The duo’s hits included “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Your Precious Love”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By”. Most of their hit recordings were composed by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Despite the romantic tension in their recordings, Gaye and Terrell’s relationship was platonic. In October of the year, Terrell’s knees buckled during a performance with Gaye in Farmville, Virginia, Gaye held her and sent her backstage where she was rushed to Farmville’s Southside Community Hospital. Doctors there discovered that Terrell had a tumor in her brain.
The cancer ended Terrell’s career as a live performer and she recorded under careful supervision. Terrell’s illness later led to issues in recording further following Terrell’s repeated operations to remiss the tumor. Gaye was reportedly devastated by Terrell’s sickness and became disillusioned from the record business.
On March 16, 1970, Tammi Terrell succumbed from brain cancer. Gaye, who wept openly at her funeral, responded to her death by going into a prolonged seclusion from the music business.