Photo: Soul Train's Don Cornelius Dead, Police Suspect Suicide
Don Cornelius, known to many as the creator of the long-running dance program “Soul Train,” was pronounced dead at his home after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Wednesday, police arrived at the 75-year-old’s Sherman Oaks, Calif. home at around 4 a.m.to find the legend dead.
The Soul Train creator was battling health issues in recent year, including a stroke and brain surgery. He also went through a divorce in 2009.
Though police sources say they believe the wound to be self-inflicted, an investigation is ongoing and officials are reluctant to call it a suicide just yet.
Soul Train was on the air for 35 years, from 1970 to 2006, becoming a national favorite in 1971. Cornelius served as host from 1971 to 1993. The show holds the title for longest, continuously running syndicated show in history.
In the words of the man himself, HS News wishes Mr. Cornelius and his family “Love, Peace, and Soul.”