Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Reads

Obituary: Singer Cuba Gooding,Sr., 72, known for his work with the group Main Ingredient and his vocals on the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," has died. He was found dead in his car. His death is under investigation. The article says no foul play is suspected, so to me it sounds like he may have killed himself. Of course he could have pulled the car over if he had a health emergency like a heart attack.


Cuba Gooding Sr. was born April 27, 1944, in Harlem, New York.

The Main Ingredient – the group borrowed the name from the slogan on a bottle of Coca-Cola – was formed under a different name in Harlem in 1964. Gooding, a backup singer, didn't formally join the trio until the 1971 death of the group's original lead singer, Don McPherson.

With Gooding aboard, the group enjoyed immediate success thanks to the million-selling smash hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," which reached No. 2 on the R&B chart, and No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, in late 1972. Their version was the first to reach the Top 40 in the U.S. It was the Main Ingredient's highest charting single. The group also had another top-10 single, the million-selling "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely."

Supposedly Aaron Hernandez had planned to kill himself for weeks. In the meantime, conspiracy theorists were pleased to hear his brain was returned to his family for proper burial.

Speaking of Hernandez, the WSWS has an interesting take on his death:

There is little doubt that the arc of Hernandez’s career, from initial success to violent death to suicide, suggests a severely disturbed and damaged personality, with the likelihood that playing football in college and the NFL was a major contributor.

The NFL admitted in 2014 in a federal lawsuit that because of the repeated head trauma many players had sustained, it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that these conditions are likely to emerge at “notably younger ages” than in the general population.

An autopsy involving an examination of Hernandez's brain could determine if he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Many former NFL players who exhibited erratic behavior and who subsequently committed suicide were found to have suffered from CTE.

Hernandez's troubled life also illustrates that fame and wealth do not overcome the problems that many victims of social dysfunction suffer from, but may simply serve to temporarily obscure and mask the effects of these social ills.

“A lot of guys come into the NFL haunted by the past,’’ said Tully Banta-Cain, Hernandez’s Patriots teammate in 2010. “Some guys overcome it and some continue to be haunted throughout their careers if they’re not able to disassociate themselves from certain people or certain atmospheres. Aaron may have fallen victim to that.”

Often this particular website has the best obituaries or retrospectives of deceased prominent people out there. It frequently rivals the New York Times in that respect.

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