Don Cornelius, who was the host and brainchild of the infamous Music Television show, “Soul Train,” was found dead in his home today. Cornelius introduced a plethora of burgeoning stars, including  first guest Gladys Knight & The Pips. His show ran with top ratings for 35 star studded years… long before the birth of MTV and VH1.

Don Cornelius (75) died, according to reports, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He had been suffering for a number of years from an undisclosed illness. Don was a legend, an entrepreneur and was beloved by the Music Industry Family and will surely be missed.

RIP Don Cornelius.

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  1. The Nite Ranter

    Hazel: You are spot on…until his death this Wednesday 02/01/12, I had forgotten all about Don Cornelious’ amazing contributions to Television and the Music Entertainment Business.

    I too hope that he had someone in his life whom loved him and that he in-turn loved. The Music world today is filled with a bunch of Disney made, molded, weenies and groups who are marketed and sold like products off the grocery store shelf.

    Sadly, long gone are the days when talented people could make a deceit living without selling out to the Music Machine that dictates who will be the next big album seller. The music fan once upon a time decided who the super talents would be…not some money music conglomerate as we have today. The music fans did just fine thank you!

    Even in Music…we are seemingly a “Throw-away Society” and it hurts to say it…but, “What’s this World coming to?”

    TNR :>(

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm
  2. Hazel

    It’s a shame that we as Americans treat legends as kings only in the time they’re in the public eye. Once they’re replaced or move on out of the spotlight we quickly forget about them. So sad that he had to take his own life. I do hope he had someone in his personal life who cared and loved him.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm