Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius Dies Of Apparent Suicide
Posted on Wed Feb 1, 2012 11:21 AM PDT

soultrainsuicide200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Soul Train creator Don Cornelius has died of an apparent suicide.

The 75-year-old’s body was found in his Sherman Oaks home Wednesday morning, and he was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Hospital one hour later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Cornelius first created and hosted Soul Train in 1970 as a local dance show in his hometown of Chicago, and by 1971, it expanded to become a nationally televised show. The show, which came to an end in 2006 after a record-breaking 35 years, was celebrated for its promotion of racial, cultural, and musical diversity in the years following the Civil Rights Movement.

“Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business,” said Quincy Jones, a friend and business partner of the late Cornelius, said in a statement. “Before MTV, there was ‘Soul Train,’ that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched.”