The owner of Soul Train Holdings, Kenard Gibbs, tells the Los Angeles Times that the death of Don Cornelius, the founder of "Soul Train," is puzzling.
"I just didn’t know Don to be despondent in any way," Gibbs said, noting that he spoke with him about a week ago. The pair had talked about the Grammy Awards and several projects, he said, according to the piece.
"I knew that his health wasn’t 100% but that never impeded him from taking meetings," he said. Gibbs bought Soul Train Holdings from Cornelius in 2008.
As previously reported, Cornelius appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Meanwhile, VH1 has scheduled special programming as a tribute to Cornelius. The channel will televise the Emmy Award-winning documentary "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America" on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.