Don Cornelius Dead At 75
It’s been a full month and we’ve already received our third notable death of the year. Don Cornelius is dead due to an apparent suicide.
TMZ broke the story this morning with this development:
We’re told cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Law enforcement sources tell us … Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.
We’re told Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Soul Train” changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.
Officials have notified Don’s family.
Cornelius was 75.
During Don’s bitter divorce proceedings in 2009, he told an L.A. judge he was suffering from “significant health issues” and wanted to “finalize this divorce before I die.”
For 35 years Soul Train was a staple in black households. Cornelius revolutionized black television when he introduced the show to the masses in 1971. During it’s time, it’s seen music genre’s from jazz, soul, funk, pop, and r&b. Soul Train was where a lot of artists got their start as well.
The show is also responsible for inventing the “Soul Train Line” which until this day is performed at every black wedding, household, or party. In it’s later years, Cornelius stepped aside and the show was succeeded by Shemar Moore , Mystro Clark, and Dorian Gregory.
Cornelius was an entrepreneur, visionary, and trend setter. He will be missed
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