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Cuba Gooding Sr., soul singer and actor's father, dies at 72


UPI News Service, 04/20/2017 

Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead singer for a legendary R&B group in the 1970s and father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead Thursday, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

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Gooding, 72, performed with The Main Ingredient, best known for their 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," for nearly 20 years. He was 72.

Gooding's body was discovered in a car parked on Ventura Boulevard in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police told TMZ, which first reported the death, they suspected a possible drug overdose.

Gooding joined The Main Ingredient in 1971 and the group scored five top-10 hits on the R&B chart.

He also recorded two top-100 R&B hits as a solo artist.

Gooding had four children with his wife Shirley, including actors Cuba Jr. and Omar.


Phil Konstantin


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