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4/21/17-Cuba Gooding Sr. Dead

todayApril 21, 2017

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Cuba_GoodingCuba Gooding Sr., the father of Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. who found fame in his own right with the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” was found dead in his car on Thursday. He was 72.
The former lead singer of the group The Main Ingredient was found in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.
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.
The elder Gooding rose to fame for “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which he sang with the rhythm-and-blues group. The song helped the family move from the Bronx to Southern California. Their second Top 10 was “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.” He had a appeared on “The Lost 45s” show on two occasions.
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.

Written by: Barry Scott

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