Don Cornelius Dead At 75 From Apparent Suicide

The "Soul Train" creator was found in his Sherman Oaks, California home.

Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead in his home early this morning from an apparent suicide. He was 75 years old.

According to TMZ, law enforcement officials said that Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head that they believe was self-inflicted. Upon discovering his body, officials took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cornelius served as host of Soul Train from 1971 to 1993, providing a platform for artists including Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and The O'Jays. In its later years, the show featured performances from artists including R. Kelly, Outkast, Usher and more.

HipHopDX sends its condolences to Cornelius' family during this difficult time.

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44 Comments

  • for the record...

    it was reported that he had Alzheimer's disease. essentially, that disease will kill you twice, mentally than literally. or maybe theres was foul play or not. regardless, RIP Don you wont be forgotten. ps HHDX commentators are probably the most fucked up ungrateful punks this side of the internet and its a shame.

  • BigWo0orm45

    damn. on the 1st day of Black History Month. RIP

  • Anonymous

    He was murdered by his ex-wife

    • White Girl Mob

      Just like Gary Coleman got pushed down the stairs by his wife. They offing our entertainers. Is Clarence Thomas next?

  • Anonymous

    this is embarassment why on earth would he do this. this man is know nationally as a icon to black people. i guess its a sign of the times.

  • Money Emp

    LOVE, PEACE, & SOUL. R.I.P Mr.Cornelius

  • Anonymous

    Rip Don Cornelius, i liked that episode of the fresh prince your showed featured on. Youve shaped the course of black history in your own way. RIP

  • REAL TALK'SON

    I REMEMBER WHEN DIS DUDE DON CORNELIUS DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY BOB MARLEY ON SOUL TRAIN BECUASE HE SAID IT WASN'T REAL MUSIC AND HIPHOP ROOTS COME FROM REGGAE (which is jazz funk and blues combined) IT WASN'T UNTIL THE WHITE AMERICANS ACCEPTED REGGAE AND FELL IN LOVE WITH REAL CONSCENCE MUSIC HE STARTED TO PLAY BOB AND OTHER JOINTS IF IT WASN'T FOR THE WHITES IN AMERICA DON CORNELIUS WOULD NOT GIVE REGGAE A CHANCE. HE WAS A DEFINTION OF A CLOSE MINDED IGNORANT NIGGA HE IS PROBABLY THE REASON WHY WE HAVE SO MUCH HATRED IN THE BLACK MUSIC COMMUNITY. R.I.P. to DON CORNELIUS THE FIRST HATER

    • @realtalk

      he didn't want to play reggae on soultrain because he didn't want to see another successful black man from another country on his show So yea he made his self look ignorant by saying its not real music so he didn't play it.. But I see why realtalk is mad because don didn't want to play reggae until the white ppl told him to play which makes him a house Nigga but now in 2012 we would call him a fucknigga

    • Miaminigga

      ^^you 2 idiots didn't read what he said not just one artists he degraded the whole genre of music.. Any one who thinks reggae is not real music is a close minded idiot point blank period. He was the first black host on music television and he proved his ignorance many of times he just so happened to degrade the truth in bob marley's music because he was the first black artist to speak on occults, and the corrupted system. Y'all talkin about the people career he helped he was just a cokehead ass host like terrence j. Y'all should be talkin about the people he held back by not exposing reggae but it's cool because THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED.

    • Los3

      I wonder if he was being close minded when he had david bowies white ass on there??? Real talk?

    • Anonymous

      So because of Bob Marley, Don was ignorant? We're supposed to forget ALL the other people Don helped get in the door and concentrate on one artist? It's people like YOU, that we have so much hatred in the community, your DUMBASS wants to degrade how DON CORNELIUS helped ELEVATE Black music. Go talk that hate s**t to DICK CLARK and AMERICAN BANDSTAND.

  • Edubb

    Condolences got out to his family and may God have mercy on his soul. With that said there is definately some foul play involved here.

  • Anonymous

    I sense foul play here. Suicide at 75 doesn't seem right, esp. with a gunshot.

    • Big Liss

      Actually, statistically he was at the right age to do it if he was going to. While the numbers aren't astronomically high, the exact kind of stuff that had been going on in his life is the kind of stuff that causes many men his age to go the suicide route. IJS

    • Anonymous

      SO HE WAS SICK AND BROKE SO HE OFFED HIMSELF? CAN WE COMPARE YO' LIFE AND CASH FLOW TO HIS AND DECIDE WHO SHOULD HAVE OFFED THEIR SELF?

    • Anonymous

      Lol, he was in bad health and probably not rich at this point...Why would you suspect foul play?

    • Anonymous

      Im feelin you on this one!!

  • Anonymous

    This is sad news - RIP Don Cornelius. No one should cast judgment on this man. If he did commit suicide, who is anyone to judge what was going on in his mind?

  • GBtha G

    diz are the kind of people dat fuck up with theyselvz n den @ the end commit suicide?who gives a fuck? fuck y'all lil wayne goddman fans.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Who???? RIP I will cry when Lil Wayne dies. swag

    • Anonymous

      seriously dude ? so shameful

    • So Icy Fag

      You are the biggest disgrace to human life, seriously. I could tolerate your lack of hip hop knowledge and taste for good music but this is so disrespectful. You need a swift baseball bat to your teeth.

  • peter

    leave a memory @ http://www.respectance.com/Don_Cornelius/

  • Anonymous

    dont believe the "Don" comitted suicide..just dont buy that shit.

  • J Walker

    Committing suicide at 75 ? That is really really unheard off. This is something he should have done when he was 25 !

    • aMusicJunkie

      You should contact the nearest 25-year old and tell him to kill himself, instead of replying to this message board.

    • aMusicJunkie

      Talk without using unnecessary profanity.

    • J Walker

      Do not take it personal Fool ! You yourself know that most people in there Mid Seventies are normally Accomplished and Happy people who look forward to Aging Graciously and Gracefully !

    • Anonymous

      ^stfu amusicjunkie. you know damn well aint nobody gonna be at jwalker's funeral but his fucking mother.

    • aMusicJunkie

      very inspiring things you said.. it will be remembered when eventually you'll die and this statement you said about him will be repeated at your funeral.

  • aMusicJunkie

    That is sad that he might have killed himself. I might have been the pressures people on the internet and people who put negative images in his head that lead him to it. Maybe some idiot made a youtube video and put "illuminati" on it and Soul Train , some uneducated High School kid who has read less then 2 books in his entire life. Sad technology generation we live in.

    • J Walker

      What Born in 86 meant was : Wow you are really full of your self aren't you ? what gives you the Cojones to instruct someone on getting a Degree / High paying Job when a Blatant idiot like you is on here talking pure Gibberish with a Mediocre name like "aMusicJunkie". I hope you only claim to be a music Junkie and Nothing else !

    • Born in 86

      Wow you are really full of your self aren't you ? what gives you the Cojones to instruct someone on getting a Degree / High paying Job when a Blatant idiot like you is on here talking pure Gibberish with a Mediocre name like "aMusicJunkie". I hope you are only claim being a music Junkie and Nothing else !

    • aMusicJunkie

      Go get a high paying job. Go get a college degree an a university beyond a bachelors. Provide for yourself. Then come talk to me as if you have some creditability.

    • GBtha G

      u dont whut tha fuck u talkn bout.shut up imbecile!

  • Anonymous

    This guy use to preach about the word of god back when he was on his "Ban Gangsta Rap" crusade in the mid 90's Guess someone forgot to tell him Suicide is the biggest sin, the unforgivable one Enjoy the weather in hell, coward

    • L

      Dude read your bible. Saul a king before david took his own life and he wasn't depised for it.In fact they had a funeral for him and everthing. 1 Samuel 31:4-13. People forget about mental health. Sometimes people's mind are crazy to do something like that i happened in my family to my brother.The ones casting the stone saying suicide is a sin are probably the same ones fornicating ,stealing ,gambling,lying,hating on a person b/c he's doing better that's being envious,are all sins. People wake up! A man just lost his life because he needed help and we have idiots making jokes or saying stuff that's not true. Who called you God? He's the only one who should judge . Not us as humans who mistakes everyday.So with all this said show respect for the man if you don't nothing nice to say don't say nothing at all instead coming up everyday displaying your ignorance.Peace

    • kia

      The bible is full of shit, but suicide is still wrong in my eyes.

    • HRH

      for real... Hate on reality and die by reality. Fuckin Don the House Nigga

    • aMusicJunkie

      Maybe someone forgot to tell you that not a scripture in the bible. People who make up stuff, and pass it along as accurate is one of my most highly pet-peeves. Next time show the actual scripture, if it doesn't say it, then it doesn't exist. Stop it.

  • kevin smith

    rest in peace to a man who gave black artists a voice to share with the worl u will be missed

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