Cuba Gooding Sr dies aged 72

‘The Main Ingredient’ lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr dies

Cuba Gooding Sr., the soul singer and father of the 49-year-old Oscar-winning actor has died.

The 72-year-old’s body was allegedly found in his silver Jaguar in San Fernando Valley, California, on Thursday 19 April.

Gooding Jr’s publicist confirmed the death of the singer. He was the lead singer of soul group The Main Ingredient and had a brief solo career with Motown Records.

He was parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, California, where he was eventually found slumped over.

The fire department was reportedly on the scene around 1pm and attempted CPR to no avail.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reportedly found “empty booze containers in the car” and suspect he died from an overdose. There were no signs of foul play, according to LAPD officials.

The investigation into his death has been turned over to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office to determine how the soul singer died.

Authorities have conducted a toxicology test to see if there was any alcohol or drugs in his system.

The silver Jaguar was first spotted pulling up to the location around 3:30am, and Gooding was last seen alive around 10:30am, officials told KABC.

Cuba Gooding Sr was father to actor Cuba Gooding Jr., 49, who won the Oscar for best supporting actor in Jerry Maguire back in 1997.

Additionally, Cuba Sr was also a star in his own right. The Main Ingredient’s hits included “Everybody Plays the Fool” in 1972.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, and four children, including actors Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Phil Konstantin

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