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Cuba Gooding, Sr., Dies

Soul singer was frontman of the Main Ingredient


Cuba Gooding, Sr., was famous long before his namesake son won an Oscar for shouting, "Show me the money!" in "Jerry Maguire."

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s father, who died Thursday at 72, racked up a string of soulful hits in the 1970s as the lead singer of the Main Ingredient, including "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely." He was also briefly a solo artist signed with Motown Records.

The New York native was found dead in his car in Woodland Hills, California. The cause of death has yet to be determined, but police report there were drug paraphernalia and alcohol bottles in his auto.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. talked about his father earlier this year when he was interviewed on "Inside the Actors Studio":

"I remember, one of my earliest memories … he would perform at Disneyland, and after his performances, they would close it off to the general public and all the performers' kids would go on the rides as many times as they'd want. He would pull me up on stage with him and make me finish the song because I'd seen him perform all the time. It was a lot of feeling like, 'I come from royalty.'"

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