Singer Cuba Gooding Sr., who had a couple of big hits in the 1970s as the lead singer of the soul group the Main Ingredient, has died.
“Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles,” the AP reports. “Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the cause of death is under investigation, but drug paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the car parked on a busy street.”
Gooding fronted the Main Ingredient during its peak period, when the band chalked up its signature hits “Everybody Plays the Fool” in 1972 and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” in 1974.
“Cuba Gooding Sr.’s own father fled Barbados and went to Cuba — hence the name of his son — before becoming a taxi driver in Manhattan,” the AP notes.