Cuba Gooding Sr Found Dead at Age 72

Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in his car on Thursday (Apr. 20, 2017) in Woodland Hills, Calif.

According to the BBC, officials report that Gooding Sr. was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar, but there was no suspected foul play involved. Sources told the LA Times that drug paraphernalia and bottles of alcohol were found in the vehicle.

Gooding Sr. was born in Harlem and was encouraged by his family to pursue a career in music. He joined the group Main Ingredient in 1971 after the frontman Donald McPherson died in 1971.

In addition to Gooding Jr., Gooding Sr. had three other children with his wife Shirley Gooding: actors Omar and April, and musician Tomy Gooding, who was the musical director of his father’s touring band.

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