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Cuba Gooding, Sr. the father of actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Omar Gooding as well as April and Thomas Gooding, died unexpectedly in Los Angeles last month. The family, including his widow, Shirley, held a memorial for Gooding, Sr., the lead singer of The Main Ingredient, at the Apollo Theater. The family recently issued a statement thanking Cuba’s longtime fans.

Read the official family statement below:

To the many fans and all who loved Cuba Gooding, Sr., who for 45 years was the lead vocalist of “The Main Ingredient,” the Gooding family, wife, Mrs. Shirley Gooding, and children, April Gooding, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Omar Gooding, Thomas Gooding, and the Gooding grandchildren, would like to thank all for the tremendous outpouring of love that you have shown us following the passing of the family’s patriarch: Cuba Gooding, Sr.

Following his passing, just over three weeks ago, I am honored to have flown my husband’s body from Los Angeles, back to Harlem for a memorial service and last appearance at the Apollo Theater. It was only fitting that his funeral and final resting place be in Harlem (New York City), where it all started for my husband.

Cuba was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and he loved as he called it, “The Common Man.” He loved working with children and helping empower their lives.

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