Cuba Gooding Sr found dead in his car

Cuba Gooding Sr. with his Oscar-winning son
Cuba Gooding Sr. with his Oscar-winning son Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Cuba Gooding Sr, the soul singer and father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr, has died at the age of 72.

Gooding, whose group The Main Ingredient had hits in the 70s with Everybody Plays the Fool and Just Don't Want to be Lonely, was found in his car on Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, at around 1pm on Thursday.

ABC reports the Los Angeles County coroner's office as saying drug paraphernalia and bottles of alcohol were found in the vehicle, and that Gooding had appeared to have died either from natural causes or a drug overdose.

Police are seen near the site where singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car on April 20 Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty

His car, a 2012 silver Jaguar, was seen pulling up at around 3.30 yesterday morning, and Gooding was last seen alive at approximately 10.30am.

A passer-by noticed an unresponsive body in the early afternoon and alerted emergency services. Paramedics attempted to revive Gooding, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gooding had four children with his wife, singer Shirley Gooding: Oldest son Cuba, Omar, also an actor, April and Tommy.