Cuba Gooding Jr's dad found dead

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Cuba Gooding Sr. and actor Cuba Gooding Jr.attend the after-party of the world premiere of American Gangster. Photo / Getty

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr has been found dead in his car in Los Angeles, according to ABC. He was 72.

He was reportedly found slumped over inside his silver Jaguar in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday US time but could not be resuscitated by CPR.

TMZ reports police found empty alcohol containers in the car, and suspect he died from an overdose.

A spokesperson with the Los Angeles Fire Department would not confirm Gooding Sr's identity, but confirmed to Variety that they responded to a call on Ventura Blvd. and determined the death of an adult male at that same time.

Police are seen near the site where singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car on April 20, 2017. Photo / Getty
Police are seen near the site where singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car on April 20, 2017. Photo / Getty

He was most famous for his 1972 hit Everybody Plays the Fool, as the lead singer of the band The Main Ingredient.

But he may best be known as the father of his namesake, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.

He and his wife, Shirley, had 4 children together - including actors Cuba and Omar. They split up in 1974, but remarried in 1995.

ABC says that police are investigating the cause of his death.

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