Don Cornelius, the founder and former host of Soul Train, was discovered dead in his Los Angeles home Wednesday morning as first reported by TMZ. According to Los Angeles police, Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75.
Cornelius and Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 to 1993, were highly influential in bringing African-American musicians to the forefront of the American music scene. Many of his admirers have taken to Twitter to express their condolences for the legendary Cornelius and have made “Soul Train” and “Don Cornelius” nationwide trending topics.