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Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles

While police haven't officially confirmed Gooding, Sr.'s death, they have released a statement that a dead body was found in the auto.

According to the LA fire department report, Mr Gooding was "slumped over in his silver Jaguar", his vehicle was parked on Ventura Blvd.in Woodland Hills.

We're told police found empty booze containers in the auto, and suspect he died from an overdose.

The elder Gooding rose to fame for "Everybody Plays the Fool", which he sang with the rhythm-and-blues group The Main Ingredient.

Gooding, a NY native, and his first wife Shirley divorced, but remarried several years later. Gooding resumed his solo career in 1993 and did not participate in a 1999 reunion of his old band.

Authorities are investigating the cause of death and did not find any indications of a homicide at the scene. Along with Cuba Jr., Omar is an actor and rapper, April is an actress and comedian, and Tommy is a musician. Gooding would record two solo albums for Motown, and was a frequent supporter of his sons on red carpets and at awards shows.

Cuba Gooding Sr. was the lead singer of the soul and R&B group, The Main Ingredient. During that same period, Gooding Sr. first moved his family to Los Angeles in pursuit of his career, and then abandoned his wife and four children.

Read Gooding Sr.'s full biography here.

He said one of his earliest memories was his father performing at Disneyland. The pair split up in 1974, but tied the knot again in 1995. It was a lot of feeling like, "I come from royalty'". Their most famous song was the hit "Everybody Plays the Fool".


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