Music

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles

Cuba Gooding Sr.

Chris Brandis/AP/file 1999

Cuba Gooding Sr.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit ‘‘Everybody Plays the Fool,’’ has died.

Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

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Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the cause of death is under investigation, but drug paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the car parked on a busy street.

The elder Gooding rose to fame for ‘‘Everybody Plays the Fool,’’ which he sang with the rhythm-and-blues group The Main Ingredient. The song helped the family move from the Bronx to Southern California.

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Cuba Gooding Sr.’s own father fled Barbados and went to Cuba — hence the name of his son — before becoming a taxi driver in Manhattan.

An email message to Gooding Jr.’s agent was not immediately returned.

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