Soul Train Don Cornelius Dead Suicide





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Published on Feb 1, 2012

Soul Train Host Don Cornelius Dead Of Apparent Suicide. Don Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show "Soul Train," and The Soul Train Music Awards shot himself to death Wednesday morning February 1st 2012 at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 75.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found Cornelius at his Mulholland Drive home at around 4 a.m. According to authorities He was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Soul Train aired from 1971 to 2006.

Soul Train an Urban TV dance Show, introduced television audiences to such legendary artists as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Shalamar and introduced top R&B, soul and hip-hop acts to TV.

Cornelius was best known for the catchphrase that he used to close the show: "... and you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"

Cornelius had a troubled marriage. In 2009, he was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery. In his divorce case that year, he also mentioned having significant health issues.

Cornelius stepped down as "Soul Train" host in 1993.



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