R.I.P. Soul Singer, Cuba Gooding Sr. Passes Away Suddenly After Unfortunate Incident

Posted On : April 20, 2017

ILOSM fam’ we have very sad news to report. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father/soul singing member of Main Ingredient, Cuba Gooding Sr., has died suddenly at 72 and the details surrounding his passing are very unfortunate. It’s being reported that he may have passed away from a drug overdose, but details are still coming in. See what’s been reported so far.

Cuba Gooding Sr. (center) with his sons Cube Gooding Jr. (left) and Omar Gooding (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Cuba Gooding Sr. (center) with his sons Cuba Gooding Jr. (left) and Omar Gooding (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Via TMZ: Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley … TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us Cuba Gooding Jr.’s dad was slumped over in his silver Jaguar, parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, CA. We’re told the fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 PM PT and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him. We’re told police suspect he died from an overdose.

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Although many know his actor sons, Cuba and Omar Gooding, Cuba Sr. was a star in his own right with success as Main Ingredient’s lead singer for their 70’s hits including, “Everybody Play’s the Fool” and “Just don’t Want To be Lonely.” He was also performing with his group members to this day and in later years, he did some acting work as well.

He was said to have struggled with addictions in the past, which was also said to have caused a strain on the family when Cuba and Omar were young kids. But it was later revealed that he was clean and sober, however as we all know addictions of substance abuse are a day by day recovery. Unfortunately so far it may be that Cuba Sr. may have reportedly had a moment of relapse, but after we receive further details, we will update y’all with that info.

Cuba Gooding Sr. is survived by his wife of several decades, Shirley; his sons, Cuba Jr., Omar, Tommy; and daughter, April.

May Cuba Gooding Sr. rest in peace and our sincerest condolences go out to his children and loved ones.

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