Cuba Gooding, Sr. Found Dead, Reportedly Suspected Overdose, Was 72


Cuba Gooding, Sr., a soul singer and actor’s father, was found dead Thursday, according to reports.  He was 72.  The “Main Ingredient” lead singer was found in his car in the San Fernando Valley, California, around 4 p.m., according to TMZ.cuba-jr

Gooding was known best for two group hits, “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely,” before temporarily going solo in the late-’70s.

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.

Police reportedly suspect a possible overdose.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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