Don Cornelius, Creator of ‘Soul Train,’ Dead in Apparent Suicide

Feb 1, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Don Cornelius, the creator and host of the long-running music TV show “Soul Train,” was found dead this morning at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports.

Cornelius, 75, appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the case.

Sources said police arrived at the home at about 4 a.m. today, and found no sign of foul play.

The report notes that Cornelius gave an interview to The Times in 2010 in which he talked about developing a movie based on “Soul Train.”

Cornelius said at the time: "We’ve been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn’t be the ‘Soul Train’ dance show, it would be more of a biographical look at the project, It’s going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show."

The story adds: “Cornelius’ ‘Soul Train’ became the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, bringing African American music and style to the world for 35 years.”

Cornelius hosted “Soul Train” from 1971-1993. The show continued to air with a variety of hosts until it ceased production in 2006.

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  1. Sad to hear this news… I remember watching Soul Train a lot when I was Younger…. RIP Don Cornelius

  2. Long live the dance line!

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