Cunningham got his start with The Hombres, who had a hit with the above song, “Let It All Hang Out”, in 1967. The Commercial Appeal reports:
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning at the Cherry Crest Apartments in Southeast Memphis. According to police, the 70-year-old Cunningham, a security guard in a neighboring apartment complex, heard a shot in the Cherry Crest Apartments and went to investigate. When police arrived at the complex at 1460 Cherry, both Cunningham and a 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds.