We are sad to report that the legendary Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead this morning at his Mulholland Drive home in Encino with a gun shot wound to the head. Authorities believe that the wound was self-inflicted, and it is being investigated.
Cornelius changed television in 1971 with Soul Train. The hit show was the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history where people would come to dance, watch their favorite artists perform and have a good time. Don went through a brutal divorce in 2009 after being arrested in 2008 for beating up his wife. While in court Cornelius told the judges he was suffering from “significant health issues” and wanted to “finalize this divorce before I die.” In 2010 the divorce was finalized.
Fast-forward 2 years and he’s now gone. With all of his impending health conditions and threats it’s like he knew his time was near. Cornelius lived 75 years of life and made a lasting impact that will be remembered forever.
Source: LA Times