February 1, 2012 at 6:50 am #378651
Don Cornelius — who famously created “Soul Train”
was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning … and law
enforcement sources tell us it appears he committed suicide.
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.”
Cornelius was arrested in 2008 for beating up his wife. He pled no contest to misdemeanor domestic violence and was placed on 3 years probation. His probation just terminated.
The divorce was granted in 2010.
close to Don tell us … the TV icon was plagued with health issues for
years … including a stroke and a condition that required brain surgery.
Story developing…February 1, 2012 at 7:53 am #378653
This shocked me when I read this earlier. I knew he had been going through problems, but I had no idea it was that serious. R.I.P.February 1, 2012 at 9:47 am #378654
He shot himself? That’s horrible. RIP to another childhood icon.February 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm #378655
Aretha, Whitney Houston & More Remember Don Cornelius
Aretha Franklin and other music superstars are remembering the late Don
Cornelius, creator of “Soul Train,” who was found dead at this home in
Sherman Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday morning at the age of 75.
Here’s what they had to say regarding the tragic loss:
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Aretha Franklin: “It’s just so sad, stunning and downright shocking and a
huge and momentous loss to the African-American community and the world
at large. Don Cornelius single handedly brought about a melding and
unity of brother and sisterhood among young adults worldwide and
globally with the unforgettable creation of ‘Soul Train.'”
Whitney Houston: “I grew up watching ‘Soul Train’ and I was privileged
to perform on the show at the beginning of my career and on several more
occasions. Don opened the door for many artists. He was a great
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Arsenio Hall: “Since the year I landed in this town … He has been one
of my ‘Hollywood mentors’ … and a loyal FRIEND! There is NO soul in my
bowl this morning!”
Quincy Jones: “I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of
my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius. 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.”
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, “Soul Train” Holdings Chairman: “Don Cornelius
was a pioneer, an innovator, and a trailblazer. He was the first
African-American to create, produce, host and more importantly OWN his
own television show. ‘Soul Train’ was a nationally syndicated show that
paved the way for singers, musicians and dancers, giving them the
ultimate platform to showcase their talents when no one else would.
Every Saturday morning I looked forward to watching ‘Soul Train,’ as did
millions of other people. ‘Soul Train’ taught the world how to dance!
Don’s contribution to us all is immeasurable. He will truly be missed. I
thank him for trusting me with his ‘Soul Train brand’ and I will carry
on his legacy through it. My condolences to his son and my good friend
Tony Cornelius and the entire Cornelius family.”
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Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy: “Recording Academy
Trustees Award recipient Don Cornelius created a cultural phenomenon
with “Soul Train,” providing a platform for recording artists to
showcase their talents to a wider, more diverse audience. He made an
indelible impact on American television, one that will continue to be
appreciated for generations to come. His beautiful, deep voice and
measured pace always sounded warm and familiar to the millions who
admired and followed his broadcasts. The music industry has lost a true
visionary and trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies extend to his
family, friends, and all who welcomed him in their homes for so many
Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO of BET Networks: “We are deeply
saddened to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius. He was a pioneer in
the television and music industries and his legacy and influence on
American culture will continue to live on for many generations to come.
He made ‘Soul Train’ a destination for lovers of Black culture and music
and connected the world to our culture and we are forever grateful. We
owe so much of our success to him, he built the space for the creation
of a BET, built a platform for the music that our audience loves and
gave a voice to countless artists that shaped black culture and
beyond–his impact can’t be measured. He will be missed, but remembered
at every wedding, party and family reunion forever with the enduring
‘Soul Train’ line.”
http://omg.yahoo.com/news…cornelius-194044330.htmlFebruary 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm #378656
This is very sad news. I grew up watching Soul Train in the 80s and it was a tradition on Saturday mornings.
May he rest in peace.