Cuba Gooding Sr., soul singer and father of Oscar winner, dead at 72

Gooding and the Main Ingredient’s biggest hits were “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely,” both of which were released in the early 1970s. Cuba Gooding Sr., the   lead singer of the   soul group the Main Ingredient   and father to the Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in a car in Woodland Hills, California, on Thursday afternoon, according to TMZ and KABC. “He would pull me up on stage with him and make me finish the song because I   had seen him perform it all the time, and in the household all the time. A native of New York City, Gooding was twice married to Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan);   they separated in 1974 but   remarried   in 1995. Together they   had four children: Cuba Jr., an Oscar winner for Jerry Maguire;   Omar, an actor and rapper; April, an   actress and comedian;   and Tommy, a   musician. The   coroner’s office is still investigating the cause of death, but there   was no indication of   foul play. “I remember, one of my earliest memories … he would perform at Disneyland, and after his performances, they would close it off to the general public, and all the performers’ kids would go on the rides as many times as they’d want,”   he recalled. RELATED: Stars We Lost in 2017
Earlier this year, Cuba Gooding Jr. shortly after 1 p.m. It was a lot of feeling like, ‘I come from royalty.’”

Show Full Article A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department   did not identify Gooding by name but confirmed to EW that officers   responded to a call on the 22100 block of Ventura Blvd. and found   an adult male deceased in a vehicle. spoke of his father on Inside the Actors Studio. He was 72.