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‘Soul Train’ host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

USA TODAY

Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75.

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.

“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.”

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1 Comment for “‘Soul Train’ host Don Cornelius dead of suicide”

  1. Lou Setlak

    that just sucks. I usually thought the Soul Train LIne was the do-not-ever-miss area of the show ‘cos the chicks were sexy with appearing like the hootchies today and also the guys were always stylin’.

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