Cuba Gooding Sr. Passes Away At Age 72

Cuba Gooding Sr. Passes Away At Age 72

On Thursday afternoon (April 20), news surfaced that actors Omar and Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father, Cuba Gooding Sr., passed away from a reported overdose. He was 72.



TMZ reports that the famed musician was found unresponsive in a silver Jaguar in Woodland Hills, Calif. Around 1 p.m. EST, medical officials arrived on the scene and administered CPR to no avail. Upon a search of the vehicle, authorities found empty liquor bottles, leading them to believe he passed away from an overdose.

Gooding Sr. rose to critical-acclaim in the early ’70s as part of the group, The Main Ingredient. One of their most recognizable hits reigns as “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which hit the No. 2 slot on the Billboard R&B chart.





Gooding Sr. leaves behind his four children; April Gooding, Tommy Gooding, Omar Gooding and Cuba Gooding Jr., and his wife Shirley Gooding.

Details on the cause of death are still forthcoming.

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