Police are investigating the drug-related death of Soul singer Cuba Gooding, Sr. He was found unresponsive in a silver Jaguar parked on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday.

The 72-year-old former Main Ingredient lead singer was father of troubled Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr.

Sources tell TMZ paramedics were called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate him. But their efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

Police suspect Gooding, Sr. died from a drug overdose.

Gooding was the lead singer of the 1970s group The Main Ingredient, and enjoyed chart success with the singles “Just Don’t Don’t Want To Be Lonely” and “Everybody Plays the Fool”.

The latter hit song was used in a campaign to help boost black voter turnout for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

“We hope this song will inspire the masses to exercise their right to vote and not let any attempt at stopping them succeed,” Gooding Sr. said of the Everybody’s Got to Vote campaign. “The world is definitely changing… We had better do more than just hope that change will be good.”

Cuba and his wife, Shirley, were married twice. He leaves behind four children, including actors Cuba and Omar Gooding.

Photos by Splash News Online




  • TeeTee

    RIP… never a good thing to deal with especially when it is unexpected….

  • Kanyade

    RIP to the senior Cuba

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Why is it when a “minority” dies folks always run to drugs? But most times it is the other folks who die from that mess.

    Bottom line: He is dead, a family lost a parent, brother, uncle, friends lost a friend and folks are mourning.

    THE END https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de7c724c28074109fe6f5ddfe625bb74cd91d92389936709de8f21267f19100d.gif

  • Renee26

    Dang why does Cuba Jr have to be troubled too?? RIP

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    So we can speculate about him if he dies and blame his father not being there due to his being on the road singing. etc.for all his issues.

  • Renee26

    Blog logic! Lol

  • Renee26

    Blog logic! Lol

  • Sexy CJ
  • Birdman24

    He is he has a huge drig and alcohol problem. But on a blog about his father is the wrong forum to address this issue SR…

  • Birdman24

    Man that guy has some strong genes….

  • SpiceGirl

    strong genes they have…RIP Mr. Gooding

  • SuperScooper1

    Right! But this explains SO much about Cuba’s alleged drug use.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Pretty much!!

  • SuperScooper1

    What kind of drugs was he doing at 72 years old?

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    How? I know plenty of folks with parents who use drugs and they don’t and folks who parents don’t use drugs and they do.

  • Tynamight

    I declare this will not be a season of sadness. RIP Gooding Sr

  • Yoni7

    Not really. That man could have died from a heart attack.

  • Yoni7

    Thank you.

  • Yardgirl

    RIP sir. Sad

  • Yoni7

    Why is it when a “minority” dies folks always run to drugs?
    _______________________
    THIS!!!!
    But George Michael can die of natural causes, tho’.

  • Yoni7

    Bless this man’s family in their time of sadness.

  • hottlanta

    He has been on drugs for years. My heart goes out to the family.

  • SuperScooper1

    Yes, but there is an increased risk of addiction when a parent has an addiction problem. Don’t shoot the messenger:

    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/genetics-epigenetics-addiction

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Seems so!

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Stop reading statistics…life can’t be measured that easily. Most kids who see drug addicted parents don’t want it for themselves and most drug addicts got their habit from friends.

    I ain’t gonna shoot you, Imma just side eye the hell out of you

  • Yoni7

    I guess you “gotta have faith. faith. faith.”

  • We Can Do This

    Rip sir. Strong genes as stated.

    I must add that the XJL stretched Jag is a work of art.

  • Renee26

    This is true…but I haven’t heard of any drug arrests or incidents happening because he was high

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    CTHU…….guess George needed at least one more faith in that verse. #TOOSOON #FORGIVEMELAWD

  • hottlanta

    If that is the case Priscilla Presley should be troubled as well. She will be protected because Elvis is considered white royalty.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    I was just about to post of that beautiful piece of machinery.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Nope, statistics says he is doomed, because of his daddy “alleged” addiction.

  • Renee26

    I hadn’t heard of any incidents involving him…I mean it’s rumored that everyone in Hollywood and majority of models do some type of drug so unless a story comes out idk if “troubled” is the right way to describe him.

  • Yoni7

    *hatin* But it’s still a FORD. LMAO *hates even more only because my ex has one*

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    So when a yt person dies and there may have been drugs- it is their “alleged” drug use….but black folks just flat out druggies, no speculation?
    Um, okay!!

  • Renee26

    All of Hollywood is troubled chile SMH

  • lilred1

    Smh lol

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    CTHU…..I ain’t say I was buying one…but if it was gifted, I would be like Terrence yesterday and send in a million thank yous.
    Heeeeeyyyyy Tee!!

  • Renee26

    Very nice!

  • Renee26

    Same! LMAO soon as you said his name

  • Birdman24

    Your eyes have been closed just google cuba Gooding Jr. in Vegas. Or his problems

  • Yoni7

    no speculation
    _____________
    It’s “SUSPECTED” and you know what always happens to the
    “black suspect”? They’re GUILTY! *in my Jamie Foxx standup comedy vc*

  • Soda

    Lisa Marie is troubled, claiming to be broke after all that Graceland money she’s received all these years.

  • Yoni7

    YAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!! Oh I WOULD push that bish, even if it had no gas in it. But yeah, I’m hatin’. LMAO

  • Yoni7

    IKR! LMAO *giggles with you*

  • SuperScooper1

    In undergrad I worked as an HIV counselor for newly diagnosed cases with a history of addiction. I’m just telling you there’s often a predisposition but there are always exceptions to the rule. There have been many alleged stories of Cuba Jr. allegedly having an issue with crack cocaine, so to make an inference that it may stem from a family history and brain chemistry that bends towards addiction is not beyond the pale. Side-eye all you want. Facts are facts. Not all children of addicts are addicts themselves, but a fair number are. It is what it is and telling the truth about it will give us a chance to address it in our community.

  • We Can Do This

    Ford sold the brand in 2008 to Tata Motors an East Indian Motor company.

    Jags were never on the level of Fords we are accustom to here in the US. Ford had a luxury motor brand in Britain that also made Volvo, Land Rover and Aston Martin’s.

    Ford has the ability to make fine automobiles.

  • Renee26

    Ok I did and all I found was an 8 minute video of him acting “bizarre” while hosting the NHL awards. What I saw was him trying to be funny and make people laugh by calling the names in Rick James “Charlie Murphy” fashion….Nothing to change my mind. Let that man have a good time

  • Top cat

    Yes it is my uncle has one and after one drive I was wit it 🙂

  • Yoni7

    MY point is…………it was a Ford brand……at some point in its manufacturing lifetime. Thanks for the “education”, tho’. I’m not a fan……….of the brand. *chuckles*

  • Top cat

    Do you notice when our melinated people die and police investigate its always a Drug related case / death and usually they the government officials usually supply these “drugs”…Whitney,Prince,Michael, Cuba, Natalie, etc..It’s fucked up how their reports always tarnish great legacies… Let there great legacies live in the light ,peace and love.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Who asked for your CV, dude?
    I ain’t reading all of that!

  • Birdman24

    did you see him coked up with the chicken bucket on his head pictures. He has admitted himself that he has substance abuse problems. Its cool I could drink a lot less myself…

  • lilred1

    What to do when its Friyay, kids in school, ol man at work, you off and you find out your homegirl off too…

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    I been saying this the whole thread!! SMDH – their families don’t even get a chance to mourn before this mess is plastered all over.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    LUNCH with dranks!!

  • SuperScooper1

    Obviously I hit a nerve; Have a great day.

  • Anunnaki

    I love these old school artist…Sad to hear their Loss , I lost mine too. so I understand. keep ya head up family

  • Birdman24

    Just google Cuba Gooding Jr. on drugs

  • Top cat

    The ones the doctors supply cause they only treat the symptoms not cure it …

  • lilred1

    You on the right track but thats been done to death, plus she one of my 20 sumthin lil sissies… got some more?

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Lunch and dranks at a place you have never been to, lunch and dranks at one of your places, spa day, movies, stay in the house and catch up on Scandal. Depends on if you have to pickup the kids, which means you don’t have a lot of time left to drive out of state and shop/window shop.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Naw, I always talk shyt….my bad forgot the LOL. But I still ain’t reading all of that.

  • Dani B.

    RIP sir. My condolences to Cuba Gooding Jr. and Family.

  • lilred1

    Spa day! #sheneedhernailsdone
    Thx ?

  • We Can Do This

    No problem.

    In my lifetime I would love to buy a luxury vehicle manufactured and designed by blacks like the Asian have instead of buying European models.

  • Yoni7

    The world would be such a better place, wouldn’t it?

  • Yoni7

    What’s the saying……”If the prescriptions work, why do you need a refill.”

  • T Kenny

    Gooding was the lead singer of the 1970s group The Main Ingredient, and enjoyed chart success with the singles “Just Don’t Don’t Want To Be Lonely” and “Everybody Plays the Fool”.

    The latter hit song was used in a campaign to help boost black voter turnout for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

    ———————–

    lol. i love your write ups

  • Renee26

    LMAO no I didn’t find those!

  • We Can Do This

    And you know it. We will beat the odds!

  • We Can Do This

    Very stylish and not ordinary like the others and from what I’ve heard, it performs very well.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Oh no, this is sad
    And how is Cuba Gooding troubled?!

  • Shira Harding-James

    Oh no, this is sad
    And how is Cuba Gooding troubled?!

  • i troll it like i see it

    Cuba is a stomp down alcoholic!

  • Yoni7

    And I can’t wait til the day!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Niiice!!! Mani/Pedi, then lunch and cocktails. All will be right with the world….

  • wayoli

    RIP Mr. Gooding and prayers to the family. I don’t get why this is assumed a drug overdose when he was 72 years old, he could have had a heart attach. The media will smear you before they cheer you…..

  • Quitedeliteful

    Or… lunch and a movie…

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Just because you are a senior citizen doesn’t mean you stop doing drugs if that is what you like… I know a couple of “old dolls” still sniffing the ‘C’ – and they are not busted down druggies either. They got plenty money, travel, got men and still like to party — not like they used to but on a low key scale…

  • Canary Red™

    I read many articles and they all reporting the same thing – verbatim! BUT no where does it say he had a pipe, drug paraphernalia, a prostitite or any indication that it was a drug overdose. Unless they found something their not reporting but as for any “good” journalist you want the facts before assumptions.

  • Canary Red™

    Ayeeeeeeee lol

  • ?Time2Shine?

    True. And just because everyone is reporting the same thing, doesn’t mean that it is the truth. Anyway, may he is est in peace.

  • Oh Tommie

    I’m only here to check for who’s gonna say “sorry for your lost.” ??

  • Munchosgirl

    This is the only place I saw drug over dose….when I first saw it…no mention…just furthering investigation

  • 2brefrank

    This is so sad. The Gooding genes are STRONG! Sr, Jr and Omar look just alike!

  • chris

    They all think that already.

  • Anji

    RIP, you blessed us with your smooth tenor voice for decades.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I’m rocking Al Green at the moment. I love to hear real instruments in the background not like This watered down music of today.

  • Yetunde

    What makes Cuba Gooding Jr. troubled?

  • Omandesert

    This ninja to old to be doing drugs. Really? R.I.P.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Google him.

  • Anunnaki

    I agree too, I love me some old skool. yessss, my saturday morning music is the hole in the wall music…lol

  • Alisa

    Same ole scenario music & drugs = DEATH

  • Cie Be

    My condolences to Cuba Gooding, Sr. family. May he Rest n’ Peace!

  • dontgetblocked

    That old man was a druggie. I thought he had a heart attack. Shame on him.

  • lilred1

    It was too ??

  • lilred1

    End up going to hairstores abd getting a yiung sis 3 new clients!! Turned out to be a good day ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    At 72 years old drugs should be the farthest thing from your mind. What he needed was Jesus

  • samuel severino

    He also does coke, crack and meth. Several actresses have repeatedly stated that he asked them if they wanted a hit from his pipe while at public events.

  • VM

    Prime example Heath Ledger and the killing part one of the Olsen twins allegedly hooked him up with the drugs or the doctor that wrote the prescriptions.

  • Faithz

    My, goodness what is the world coming to.

  • Tea??

    How sad especially since I’ve heard rumors about Junior being an addict as well

  • i troll it like i see it

    Well damn didn’t know all that! Why Cuba? He was once so great.