“Soul Train” founder and host, Don Cornelius, reportedly died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. TMZ is reporting Don Cornelius was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home Wednesday morning and law enforcement is saying it appears to be a suicide. What a way to kick off “Black History Month.” I can still hear Don Cornelius saying, “peace, love, soooul!”
TMZ: “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.”
This is a shock indeed. We know that Don Cornelius had a run-in with the law for domestic violence, but we didn’t realize he was struggling with other issues. Wow, suicide is such a selfish way to go and isn’t the solution for what ails us. His family will be left wondering what happened.
Wow, I still can’t believe it. I grew up watching “Soul Train” every Saturday morning, trying the keep up with the latest dance moves. This is such a shame and a tragedy at the same time. “Soul Train” was the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, that brought black music and style mainstream for 35 years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Don Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993 and the show’s production ended in 2006.
UPDATE#1 (02/01/2012): Don Cornelius was plagued by health issues for many years, including a stroke and a condition that necessitated brain surgery. He had recently been released from probation, which stemmed from a 2008 arrest for beating up his then-wife, who he divorced in 2009. He pled no contest to misdemeanor domestic violence and was placed on three years probation. Developing. Stay tuned for updates.