LOS ANGELES — Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of an Oscar-winning actor and a chart-topping R&B singer in his own right, was found dead in his car in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
He would have turned 73 next Thursday on April 27.
Gooding’s death was first reported by TMZ. The law enforcement sources confirmed to NBC News that the “Main Ingredient” frontman’s body was found unresponsive in a car parked on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is pending but officials said there was no indication of foul play.
The 72-year-old and his band were most famous for his 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool.” THE Main Ingredient was one of great soul groups of the blaxploitation era that delivered lush smooth R&B of that time. I’m proud to own a vinyl copy of their work; even though it’s a greatest hits LP. Our prayers goes out to Omar Gooding, Cuba Gooding Jr, April Gooding and musician Tommy Gooding. R.I.P CUBA GOODING SR.