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Published:February 1st, 2012 11:25 EST

Breaking News: Soul Train Legend Don Cornelius Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning.

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.


LA Times

Don Cornelius will forever be remembered as the creator of of the nationally syndicated dance show Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971-1993.

I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, but soul is my first love. When I was a teenager most of my friends watched American Bandstand, but I was a fan of Soul Train. "It`s got a good beat, and you can dance to it", wasn`t for me, I preferred shaking my groove thang to the soul beat of Don Cornelius` show.

When I was in the 6th grade the white kids would ask everyone "Are you soul or surfer?", and the black kids would do the same. I always answered "I`m soul!" All of us, black, white, Asian and Hispanic" who are soul at heart will miss Don Cornelius.

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