Cuba Gooding, Sr. dead at 72 of possible overdose
Cuba Gooding, Sr., a soul singer and actor’s father, was found dead Thursday, according to authorities.
He was 72.
The Main Ingredient lead singer was found in his car in the San Fernando Valley, California, around 4 p.m., a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner told the Daily News.
Police suspect a possible overdose and were photographing liquor bottles found in the car, according to TMZ.
Gooding, who joined Main Ingredient after lead singer Donald McPherson died of leukemia in 1971, was known best for two group hits, “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely.”
He temporarily went solo in the late-’70s and released two albums before reuniting with Main Ingredient in 1979.
The Bronx native’s vocals were also sampled in Alicia Keys’ 2004 hit “You Don’t Know My Name.”
In 2009, he was named Ambassador of Goodwill to Rosarito Beach in Baja, California, Mexico.
Gooding is survived by his four children, Cuba, Omar, April and Tommy, and wife Shirley.
In January, the Cuba Gooding, Jr., spoke of his relationship with his father on “Inside the Actors Studio.”
“I remember, one of my earliest memories, I couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old, maybe 7, he would perform at Disneyland, and after his performances, they would close it off to the general public and all the performers’ kids would go on the rides as many times as they’d want,” he said.
“He would pull me up on stage with him and make me finish the song because I’d seen him perform all the time in the household all the time. It was a lot of feeling like, ’I come from royalty.’”
The Los Angeles Police Department would not confirm the death but said the coroner’s office was investigating a body found in a vehicle.
April 21st, 2017