The singer, actor and father to Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead on Thursday, reports TMZ.
According to the website, the actor’s father was slumped over in his car, which was parked on a road in Woodland Hills, California.
The fire department attempted CPR when they arrived on the scene shortly after midday, but couldn’t resuscitate him.
Police reportedly found empty alcohol containers in his car and suspect he died from an overdose.
Cuba Gooding Sr. was the lead singer in soul group The Main Ingredient, whose most popular hits include Everybody Plays The Fool and Just Don’t Want To Be lonely.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he also enjoyed a brief solo career on Motown Records.
Police reportedly found empty alcohol containers in his car (Photo: Splash News)He was the lead singer in soul group The Main Ingredient (Photo: Getty Images North America)
As well as Cuba, he and his wife Shirley have three other children together - actor Omar Gooding, musician Tommy and actress April Gooding.
Cuba Jr. once revealed he had to ban his dad from the set of Jerry Maguire after he asked if his co-star Tom Cruise was gay.
"I almost fainted. And thought, please lord let me disappear. Tom just laughed and said "no.'"