Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car

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Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (R) celebrates with his father Cuba Gooding Sr. during star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame January 17, 2002 in Hollywood, CA. (Getty Images)

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead Thursday in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

TMZ first reported the death of the 72-year-old, the father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Los Angeles police confirmed to KTLA about 4:30 p.m. that detectives responded to the discovery of a man dead in a car on Ventura Boulevard near Farralone Avenue.

According to DMV records, the 2012 Jaguar being examined by police at the scene is registered to Cuba Gooding Jr. and Shirley Gooding, Cuba Gooding Sr.’s wife.

Since it appeared to be a “non-homicidal death,” the county coroner’s office will identify the victim “at the appropriate time,” said┬áLos Angeles Police Department Capt. Paul Vernon. The cause of death was yet to be determined, he said.

Just before 1 p.m., paramedics received a call for medical aid in the 22100 block of West Ventura Boulevard, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson said. The man was declared dead at the scene.

A county coroner official told KTLA alcohol bottles were found inside the car.

Officials said homicide was ruled out and that the death appears to be natural or an accident.

Cuba Gooding Sr. was the main singer in the group The Main Ingredient, known for the 1972 Top 40 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool.”

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