Cuba Gooding Sr. Dies; Overdose Suspected

Cuba Gooding Sr., Jr.

Cuba Gooding Sr., a music star and the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in his car on Thursday.

Gooding’s body was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar in 22100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, Calif., about 1 p.m.

He was 72 years old.

Paramedics who responded to the scene tried to revive the singer, but were unable to do so and he was pronounced dead soon after.

Sources familiar with the investigation told the L.A. Times that alcohol containers and drug paraphernalia were in Gooding Sr.’s car.

According to LAPD officials, there were of foul play and that the investigation had been turned over to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

They will determine the singer’s cause of death, most likely within the next 48-72 hours, though certain tests take longer to complete.

Gooding rose to fame with hits like “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely” as the lead singer of The Main Ingredient.

As for his most unusual name, which his son shares?

Born in Harlem, New York, the star was named Cuba by his father, Dudley MacDonald Gooding, and described the reasoning in 2015:

“He told my mother that he would name his first born son Cuba because he once lived in Cuba and had positive feelings about the country.”

He was encouraged to pursue a singing career early on.

“My mom and dad were determined that their first-born son would do something in the arts, if I had the talent,” he recalled back in 2014.

“Being born in Harlem had its advantages if you wanted to be an entertainer because it was literally the entertainment capital of the world.”

“I lived only eight blocks away from the Apollo Theater, and 19 blocks from Carnegie Hall [though that] required a little bit more sneaking in …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip

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