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Cuba Gooding Jr's soul singer father dies, aged 72

FAMILY: Cuba Gooding Sr. and Cuba Gooding Jr.

SOUL SINGER Cuba Gooding Sr, the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr, has died.

Gooding Jr’s publicist confirmed the death of the 72-year-old, who was the lead singer of soul group The Main Ingredient and had a brief solo career with Motown Records.

His body was found in a parked car in the San Fernando Valley in California yesterday afternoon (April 20).

The cause of death is being investigated, but drugs and alcohol were found in the vehicle, leading people to believe he may have died from a possible overdose, according to Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

A police spokesman said there was “no indication of foul play or homicide” and the case had been passed to the coroner.

Gooding Sr’s biggest hits with The Main Ingredient were Everybody Plays The Fool in 1972 and Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely, in 1974.

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