Don Cornelius, the founder of the "Soul Train" television show, has been found dead in Los Angeles, Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said Wednesday. He was 75.
He died of a gunshot wound at a house on Mulholland Drive, said Los Angeles police Officer Tenesha Dodine. Police responded to the call about 4 a.m. (7 a.m. ET), Dodine said.
An investigation was ongoing into whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, police said.
Cornelius created a pilot for "Soul Train" using $400 of his own money, according to the website biography.com. The show was named after a promotional event he put together in 1969, the site said.
"Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history," according to the website of Soul Train Holdings. "During its 37-year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Beyonce."
That is a shame. He brought happiness and hope to alot of people. I pray he is up there in heaven having a big time.
They sure could have waited for just a little more info. In your endeavor to be first in reporting you make yourself look really lame.
He could have been killed by a christian militant. Was Cornelius christian? I mean, he's gone now. But was he?
Aww, this really stinks.
Rest in peace, Don.
My sympathy to his family and friends...his show touched many lives, and was part of the reason I love the Motown Sound as much today as I did in my childhood.
That is so true banasy. I remember this show so well. I couldn't wait for the weekends for this to come one.
Peace, Love and Sooooooul.
Hey, I just realized something. That dude was black.
Oh no, not Don Cornelius, the man w/ s.e.x.iest, deep, bedroom voice on the planet! I have watched SoulTrain probably for the full 37 yrs it was on TV! While I'm sad that he's gone in such a violent manner, somehow suicide seems kinder than homicide! If he was murdered I hope his attacker will get swift retribution! My thoughts go out to his family, friends & fans! Love, Peace & Soouul, Don!!
He made doing chores around the house go by faster, help the rhythymless have one or two go to dance moves and educate with the Soul Train Scramble Board!! LOL!! Soul Train outlasted American Bandstand and gave some RnB and soul artists the exposure they would not have gotten anywhere else.
Thanks for dropping in, Jj! ;)
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