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Cuba Gooding Sr. Cause of Death: How Did Gooding Die?


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Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley. He was 72.

Cuba Gooding Sr. Cause of Death

Police suspect he died from a drug overdose.

According to TMZ, Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father was slouched over in his silver jaguar, parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, California. The outlet reports that the fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 P.M. PT and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.

Cuba Sr. was best known as the lead singer of the 1970s soul group The Main Ingredient. The band had a big hit in 1972 with “Everybody Plays the Fool.”

Cuba Sr. and wife Shirley had four children together – including actors Cuba and Omar. They split up in 1974 but remarried in 1995.

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