Cuba Gooding Sr. Dies at 72

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

The soul singer was reportedly found dead in his silver Jaguar, slumped over the wheel, in San Fernando Valley on Thursday (20.04.17).

Los Angeles firefighters and the LAPD responded to the scene around 1 p.m., where after removing him from the vehicle and trying to revive him, he was declared dead, according to Winter and fire department officials.

Cuba Gooding Sr. was formerly the lead singer of '70s soul outfit The Main Ingredient, and sang lead vocals on the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool". While a cause of death is yet to be officially announced, authorities have speculated that an overdose of some description may be to blame.

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Gooding, a NY native, and his first wife Shirley divorced, but remarried several years later.

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Gooding was 72 years old. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County coroner's office also spoke with KABC and said several bottles of alcohol, in addition to drug paraphernalia, were found in Gooding's vehicle.

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Along with the success of "Everybody Plays The Fool" and other songs like 1974's "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", the Gooding era of The Main Ingredient saw collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Leon Ware.

By profession, Cuba Gooding Sr. was an American singer and actor. It was a lot of feeling like, 'I come from royalty'.

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

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