Don Cornelius of “Soul Train” fame has been found dead in his Sherman Oaks home of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75.
Cornelius created the iconic show “Soul Train,” which ran from 1971 – 2006, and he hosted from 1971-1993. It was the first show of its kind and was responsible for bringing black music and dance to a mainstream audience, also spawning “The Soul Train Awards” and the careers of many artists who gained national attention by appearing on the show. The show set fashion and music trends like no other, and to this day serves as a time capsule for black pop culture. “Soul Train” also remains today the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history. And of course, everyone knows Don Cornelius for his catch-phrase “we wish you love, peace and soul!”
This is shocking news and a huge loss for the music community.