Business Associate Puzzled by Death of Don Cornelius; VH1 Slates Tribute to the ‘Soul Train’ Icon

Feb 2, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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.

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  1. I am a long time fan of the legacy that soul train brought to the American mainstream by way of Don Cornelius….black entertainers of that great era of soul,funk and R&B as well as black origins of 60’s amd 70’s music owe a lot to this man….he made a lot of names out of no-names via TV exposure in an otherwise lily white pop culture of that period….his legacy will live on vicariously through the magic of DVD and the retrospectives on cable and the internet etc…why God chose to take him in such a self inflicted manner seems an enigma for those of us that only knew his image painted on that 1970’s TV backdrop…. it seems real life can be just as overwhelming and consuming for the best of the best of us at any given time….Rest in Peace,Love and Soul….Denny G

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