Cuba Gooding Sr., singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday, according to TMZ. He was 72 years old. KABC reported that Gooding was found slumped over in a silver 2012 Jaguar around 1 p.m. TMZ reported that the fire department responded to the scene and performed CPR on Gooding, but they were unable to resuscitate him. TMZ said police found empty bottles of alcohol in the vehicle and suspect that he died of an overdose. Authorities are investigating the cause of death and did not find any indications of a homicide at the scene. Gooding was the lead singer of 1970s soul band The Main Ingredient, whose major hit was the 1972 song “Everybody Plays the Fool.” People reported that he and his wife, Shirley, had four children together, including actors Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding, a daughter named April and Tommy, a musician. He would have turned 73 next week.
Actors Neal Brennan, D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Donnell Rawlings and David Chappelle attended funeral services for fellow comedian Charlie Murphy Wednesday. Murphy, the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, died April 12 at 57 years old. He had been battling leukemia. Cedric the Entertainer posted a photo to Instagram that showed him with the other comedians at what appeared to be a service for the late actor. “Tonite (sic) we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy,” the photo caption read.
A delay in a fast food order helped bring an end to a nationwide manhunt this week. Now the question is: Will the McDonald’s worker who delayed Steve Stephens’ order Tuesday get part or all of the $50,000 reward for his location? Police were searching for Stephens, accused of killing Robert Godwin Sr., 74, in Cleveland Sunday. Stephens then posted the video on Facebook. The manhunt ended Tuesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, after a drive-through worker recognized Stephens. The restaurant’s owner stalled Stephens while workers called police. Stephens drove off, leading police on a short chase. He then shot and killed himself. Monday police announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, but police have not confirmed that the person who called them was in fact a McDonald’s worker or if the person who did tip them off would get the money. Even if the person does, Crime Stoppers told WJW that tipsters can remain anonymous and that they do not release the names of the people who give them tips. Despite the fact that the McDonald’s employee has not been confirmed as the person who contacted police, support to give the unidentified person the money has been growing on social media. What do you think?
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