Soul Train's Don Cornelius Dead From Apparent Suicide

(Gibson) Don Cornelius, the creator of long-running TV show Soul Train, has died of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gibson reports: Cornelius, who created and hosted the show for more than two decades, was found dead on February 1 in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 75.

Cornelius launched Soul Train in 1970 and hosted the show until 1993. As the face of the so-called "hippest trip in America," the smooth-talking Cornelius hosted many soul, funk and hip-hop legends. Cornelius stepped down when he reportedly found hardcore hip-hop acts increasingly not to his liking.

But as recent as 2009, Cornelius spoke about a Soul Train movie he was looking to develop. "We've been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn't be the Soul Train dance show, it would be more of a biographical look at the project," he told the L.A. Times. "It's going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show." more on this story is an official news provider for


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