Don Cornelius Found Dead
February 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM (PT)
Sad news, as USA TODAY is reporting "DON CORNELIUS, the man behind SOUL TRAIN, was found dead in his SHERMAN OAKS, CA, home this morning."
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ.COM that he died from a gunshot wound to the head -- officials believe it was self-inflicted. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
CORNELIUS was 75.
RHYTHM AND BLUES FOUNDATION Chairman DAMON WILLIAMS offered the following statement:
'DON CORNELIUS was a visionary and pioneer who will always be remembered for his gift to the world: 'Soul Train.' Without DON's contributions, Rhythm and Blues music would not have had a TV platform to expose artists that has meant so much to the rich history of Rhythm and Blues music. We are beyond grateful to DON for everything that he has done to cement our music and our culture into the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
'Our condolences go out to DON’s family and friends all over the world."