"Soul Train" Creator Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (KTLA) — Don Cornelius, who created the show “Soul Train,” was found dead at his Sherman Oaks home Wednesday morning in an apparent suicide, the LAPD confirms.
Police found Cornelius’ body around 4 a.m. at his home in the 12600 block of Mulholland Drive.
Cornelius, 75, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but that the LAPD is still investigating the case.
Cornelius is best known as the creator of the dance/music franchise “Soul Train,” which aired in syndication from October 1971 to March 2006.
The show was the first major American TV venue for soul music.
It was instrumental in bringing acts like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson to a larger audience.
Cornelius hosted the show from 1971-1993.
He was known for closing each episode with the catchphrase: “I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”
The show spun off the Soul Train Awards and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
Cornelius told the Times in a 2010 interview that he was working on a move project about the show.
Cornelius went through difficult divorce proceedings in 2009.
According to TMZ, he told an L.A. judge at the time that he had “significant health issues” and wanted to “finalize this divorce before I die.”