Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., 72, found dead inside car in Woodland Hills

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., rose to fame as the lead singer of the Main Ingredient. (April 21, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., a 1970s music star and the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in his car Thursday in Woodland Hills, officials said.

Gooding’s body was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar in 22100 block of Ventura Boulevard about 1 p.m., according to officials.

LAPD officials said there were no signs of foul play and that the investigation had been turned over to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office to determine the cause of death. Paramedics who responded to the scene tried to revive the singer.

Sources familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss the death said alcohol containers and drug paraphernalia were found in Gooding’s car.


Gooding, 72, rose to fame as the lead singer of The Main Ingredient and was known for hits including “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely.”


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7:05 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details.

This article was originally published at 6 p.m.