'Soul Train' Founder Don Cornelius Dead In Apparent Suicide
Don Cornelius, 75, the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music show Soul Train, was found dead at his home, outside Los Angeles, early Wednesday morning. Police arrived at his Sherman Oaks home around 4 a.m., where he apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the LA Times. Not much else is known about the case but the Los Angeles police are investigating.
Soul Train, the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, brought African American music and dance to a live and television audience for 35 years. It stopped production in 2006, about 13 years after Cornelius himself stopped hosting.
Rosie Perez, Carmen Electra, Nick Cannon and MC Hammer were among the many stars who got their start dancing on Soul Train.
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