Cuba Gooding Sr. Lead Singer From The Main Ingredient Found Dead in Los Angeles

Photo of Cuba Gooding Sr. and Cuba Gooding Jr. courtesy of Tribeca.

Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead singer of The Main Ingredient, one of the most popular and beloved R&B groups of the ’70s, was found dead in Los Angeles this afternoon. He was 72.

The singer was found in his 2012 Jaguar on Ventura Blvd. around 1 p.m. According to The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, there were several bottles of alcohol and drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle. They are still investigating, but officials are leaning towards either a drug overdose or natural causes as the cause of death.

What makes matters even more unfortunate is that he would have been 73 next week.

Gooding Sr. is also known for being a dad: he is the father of Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding JrThe People v. O. J. Simpson-star paid homage to his father on Instagram:


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R.I.P. Gooding Sr. Let’s play “Everybody Plays a Fool” in your honor.