Don Cornelius, the producer and television host who created the dance show “Soul Train”, was found dead at his mansion in Sherman Oaks, California with a gunshot wound to the head. The 75-year-old Don Cornelius was immediately taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and announced dead at 4:56 a.m. The Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter states, “It was reported as a suicide, a self-inflicted wound. I have investigators at the hospital”. Reportedly, one of Don Cornelius’s sons from his first marriage to wife Delores called 911 from Mr. Cornelius’s houses to report shots had been fired. When officials arrived, they found Mr. Cornelius lying lifeless on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head. It is believed that Don Cornelius has suffered a stroke and had brain surgery in recent years which left him in a great deal of pain. The police have not found a suicide note and are talking to the 75-year-old's family about his mental state.
"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius commits suicide at his mansion in Sherman Oaks, California with a gunshot wound to the head
The news of Cornelius' death is a massive shock to his fans and colleagues
The police maintained a presence outside Don Cornelius's Mulholland Drive home after he apparently committed suicide in the early hours of the morning on 1 February 2012
Don Cornelius’s shocking dead prompted many people speak the influence of the great musician and his show Soul Train on the culture, music and the African-American community. The Soul Train, which was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history, importantly offered exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson in the 1970s and 1980s. Hearing on Don Cornelius’s death, many musicians pay tribute to the "Soul Train" creator. Grammy-winning musician/producer Quincy Jones told that “I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of my friend, colleague and business partner. 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”
Don and Viktoria had a troubled marriage. Viktoria filed for divorce in 2007 after six years of marriage. The couple became legally divorced in 2009
'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead of Apparent Suicide