Singer Cuba Gooding Sr., father to the Oscar-winning actor, was found dead Thursday (April 20) in the San Fernando Valley, just outside Los Angeles, reports TMZ. He was 72 years old.
Police said Gooding was found slumped over in his silver Jaguar, which was parked on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, CA, just before 1 p.m.
Emergency responders showed up on the scene and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.
Police said they found empty liquor bottles in the car, and suspect he died from an overdose.
Cuba Sr. was the lead singer of the ’70s soul group The Main Ingredient, which had the 1972 hit song, “Everybody Plays the Fool.”
He is survived by his wife Shirley and their four children — including actors Cuba and Omar. They split up in 1974, but remarried in 1995.