Devastating News For Cuba Gooding Jr. This Afternoon
TMZ is reporting that Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, Cuba Gooding Sr., has passed away at the age of 72.
Gooding Sr., who was a singer in popular soul band The Main Ingredient in the '70s, was reportedly found in his silver Jaguar, slumped over; emergency services attended the scene in Woodland Hills, California, but were unable to resuscitate him.
He leaves behind his wife, Shirley, and four children: sons Cuba, Omar and Tommy and daughter April.
Speaking about his father during an episode of Inside the Actors Studio, Gooding Jr. said he had vivid memories of watching his father on stage.
"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 reminisced.
"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.'"