Cuba Gooding Sr., father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and lead singer of ’70s soul trio The Main Ingredient, has died at 72.
Law enforcement sources tell us Cuba Gooding Jr.’s dad was slumped over in his silver Jaguar, parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, CA. We’re told the fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 PM PT and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.
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Police reportedly found empty alcohol containers in his car and suspect he died from an overdose.
He would have turned 73 next week. Police are investigating the cause of death, but say there was no sign of any shooting at the scene.
Gooding Sr. was not The Main Ingredient’s original lead singer, but joined the band after its frontman died unexpectedly. He and the group found immediate success with the smash hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. The group had another top-10 hit, “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,” in 1974. Gooding Sr. left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo career.