Wow. Soul Train creator Don Cornelius is dead, the apparent victim of suicide. He was 75.
According to the LA Times:
Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius’ home around 4 a.m. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.
The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating.
Soul Train was a groundbreaking show. It not only provided a TV platform for black music artists at a time when such outlets were few or nonexistent, but it went on to become the longest running, first-run nationally syndicated music show in TV history. Cornelius hosted the show from 1971-1993. The show continued until 2006 when it ceased production.
Love, peace, and soul, brotha. It’s true that you never know what people are going through.