There aren’t many shows and celebrities on TV that people can say they actually grew up watching them. But when it comes to Soul Train and its icon, Don Cornelius, a lot of today’s parents remember putting everything on hold to watch the show. Back in the ‘70’s Don Cornelius was taking down racial limitations and promoting a rich culture. Forty years later, at 75 years, Don Cornelius is said to have committed suicide.
Officials say that Don Cornelius was found to be dead on early Wednesday in his house on Mulholland Drive. The Los Angeles Police Department officers who answered a shooting report sent in at 4 a.m. said they found him down wounded by what it looked like a self-inflicted gunshot.
Don Cornelius was then taken to the Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound not even one hour later. Coroner’s assistant chief Ed Winter stated: “The death was reported as a suicide, a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head”.
Although reported as a suicide, since the police couldn’t find any signs of foul play, the reasons behind Don Cornelius’ action are dim. Apparently, as rumors go, Don Cornelius had health issues over the past years.
The news about the death of the long time Soul Train host came as a shock for friends, family and fellow colleagues, both in the television and the music world. Long time friend Rev. Al Sharpton said: “He brought soul music and dance to the world in a way that it had never been shown and he was a cultural game changer on a global level.
Quicy Jones stated: “Before MTV, there was Soul Train, that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched”.
What better way to end this piece of writing that with Don Cornelius’ own Soul Train ending words: “And you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”