The man with the smooth voice and who would take us on the groovy-est trip in America, was found dead this morning. Don Cornelius was found in his California home at 4:00 am and the cause of death is suicide.
Born in Chicago, Il., Cornelius started the show “Soul Train” virtually on his own in 1971. The show ran until 2006 and for many years defined black style and entertainment. Cornelius, who was one of the early employees of the historic WVON radio station in Chicago., gave exposure to numerous black entertainers, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin and many others.
He was commonly known to say in parting: “And you can bet your last money it’s gonna be a stone gas honey! I’m Don Cornelius and as always in parting we wish you “peace, love and soul”…
TMZ is reporting that police found his body around 4 am (Pacific Time) and that he’d died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police believe the wound was self-inflicted, indicating suicide. Cornelius was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival.