SOUL TRAIN DON CORNELIUS SUICIDE

Published on: February 1, 2012
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SOUL TRAIN DON CORNELIUS SUICIDE

TV legend SOUL TRAIN guru DON CORNELIUS has committed suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found Cornelius at his Mulholland Drive home at around 4 a.m., police said.

He was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

Reportedly, Don suffered from health issues for many years including a stoke and a condition that required brain surgery.

The R&B theme hit show "Soul Train" debuted in 1971, following “American Bandstand” in local syndication markets, and ran until 2006.  

"I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius," said Quincy Jones.

 "Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. 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.

"My heart goes out to Don's family and loved ones."