Don Cornelius, the longtime host of Soul Train, was found dead at 75 in his Sherman Oaks, California home of an apparent suicide.
USA Today reports that Don Cornelius was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Wednesday morning. It appears that the wound to the head of Cornelius was self-inflicted in what looks to be an apparent suicide. Don Cornelius was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where, according to the L.A. County Coroner, he was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning close to 5 a.m.
Don Cornelius hosted Soul Train for 22 years, from 1970 to 1993, where Cornelius helped to pioneer a national TV music platform for African America artists in the same way as Dick Clark on American Bandstand. Throughout the years on Soul Train, Don Cornelius welcomed such major acts Chuck Berry, James Brown, Michael Jackson, The Four Tops, Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, Destiny’s Child, Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, JJ Cool J, Run DMC, Prince, Sean Paul, and the list goes on.
Don Cornelius was 75 at the time of his death.