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Cuba Gooding Jr.’s singer father found dead in a car

Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father, Cuba Gooding Sr. has been found dead in a car. He was famous for his song Everybody Plays the Fool.

hollywood Updated: Apr 21, 2017 11:15 IST
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Cuba Gooding, Jr poses with his father, Cuba Gooding, Sr., in Beverly Hills, California on September 1998. (REUTERS)

Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit Everybody Plays the Fool, has died.

Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday 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.

In this August 1999 file photo, Cuba Gooding Sr. lead vocalist of the legendary r&b/pop group The Main Ingredient, and father of Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., gestures during an interview in Bridgetown, Barbados. ( AP )

The elder Gooding rose to fame for Everybody Plays the Fool, which he sang with the rhythm-and-blues group The Main Ingredient. The song helped the family move from the Bronx to Southern California.

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.

An email message to Gooding Jr.’s agent was not immediately returned.

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First Published: Apr 21, 2017 11:14 IST