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.
RIP Don Cornelius. Thank you for inspiring all of us. Especially @ #soultrain
RIP Don Cornelius “Love Peace & Soul”
ahhhh don cornelius, i loved that guy, so much great music i saw through him R.I.P. bless his soul
Love Peace and Soul- RIP Don Cornelius ….
Black music never looked so good. R.I.P. Don Cornelius.
May u rest in peace and thank u 4 ur platform. U will always be remembered R.I.P. Don Cornelius
When I did soul train ill never 4get Don Cornelius came 2 me after rehearsal n said “you are a star! A giant!” No don u R! RIP
Don Cornelius RIP – The 1st time I played Soul Train it changed my life! Thank you for creating a funkier more informed world
Rest In Peace to Don Cornelius. We all grew up watching Soul Train. Respect.
Don Cornelius was brilliant and the epitome of cool. He created an iconic show and hosted it in a suave way. Everything he wore was custom.
RIP the legend Don Cornelius. Soul Train was a huge part of my saturday mornings growing up. http://t.co/C4xrV4VG
An American treasure passed away today… Don Cornelius… Wishing him peace, love and Soullllllll! RIP #Blackhistory
Rest in Peace, Love & Soul…Don Cornelius
Man, R.I.P. Don Cornelius …one of the great ones ..watch that 2 hr Soul train documentary when u get a chance..serious
So sad: Don Cornelius ,”Soul Train” creator was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning, appears he committed suicide.
Very sad to hear about the death of Don Cornelius, former host of Soul Train. Grew up watching that show: “peace, love and sooooul”. RIP
#RIPDonCornelius. Boarding the “Soul Train” each week as a kid changed my whole world view.
I am shocked and grief stricken by the reported suicide of Don Cornelius of Soul Train. I have known him since I was 19 years old.
Rest in “love peace and soul.”