Cuba Gooding Sr. was reportedly found dead in Woodland Hills, California, on Thursday, ET confirms. He was 72.
According to TMZ, who first reported the news, the soul singer was found slumped over in his parked silver Jaguar. Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter spoke to reporters at the scene, confirming Gooding Sr.'s identity and that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Winter also noted that the investigation into Gooding Sr.'s death is ongoing, and cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is completed. "There was alcohol found in the car...and possible drug paraphernalia," he added.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department told ET that they received a call for a medical response at the address in Woodland Hills at 12:58 p.m. on Thursday.
"There was no transport provided," they added. "An adult male was determined dead on scene."
The New York City native, who was the lead singer of The Main Ingredient (a soul group best known for their songs "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely"), would have turned 73 years old on April 27.
One day before the news broke, Gooding Sr.'s son, Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was spotted in Toronto, Canada, on the set of Life in a Year.
In addition to the 49-year-old actor, Gooding Sr. is survived by his wife, Shirley, and their three other children, sons Tommy and Omar, and daughter April. Winter confirmed that the family had been notified.
Omar later released a statement to ET, saying, "We ask that everyone respect our privacy at this time. Thank you."
Additional reporting by Brendon Geoffrion.