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Don Cornelius

Commits Suicide

2/1/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Don Cornelius Dead of Suicide at 75
Don Cornelius
-- who famously created "Soul Train" was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning ... and law enforcement sources tell us it appears he committed suicide.

We're told cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Law enforcement sources tell us ... Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.

We're told Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Soul Train" changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.

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Officials have notified Don's family.

Cornelius was 75.

During Don's bitter divorce proceedings in 2009, he told an L.A. judge he was suffering from "significant health issues" and wanted to "finalize this divorce before I die."

Cornelius was arrested in 2008 for beating up his wife. He pled no contest to misdemeanor domestic violence and was placed on 3 years probation. His probation just terminated.

The divorce was granted in 2010.

Sources close to Don tell us ... the TV icon was plagued with health issues for years ... including a stroke and a condition that required brain surgery.

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8:10 AM PST --
Shawn Holley -- Don's lawyer and good friend -- tells TMZ, "This is devastating news. Don was a kind, funny and brilliant man. Even though his many health battles had left him frail, he remained vibrant, courtly and always sharp as a tack."

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76.

Robin Ware    

So sad. My God be with his family at this time of berievement. And may the Lord forgive Don for taking his own life, if this is true and bless his soul, either way.

940 days ago
77.

T.Brooks    

Hard to believe but you don't really know people unless you're in there world. It's unfortunate that his life ended with that type of decision. RIP Soul Man!!

940 days ago
78.

afrodeeseac    

It's a sad thing that someone who brought us all so much love, peace and soul would find it hard to have the happiness and peace his Soul Train brought to our American culture.

940 days ago
79.

Mimi Figueroa    

Wow R.I.P. Mind blower

940 days ago
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lonelone7    

I like.thanks

940 days ago
81.

Lady D    

LOVE~PEACE & SOUL~ RIP MR. DON CORNELIUS

940 days ago
82.

Theresa Ransom    

Thoughts and Prayers going out to Family and Friends for man who Made Soul Train..... RIP Don Cornelius...<3

940 days ago
83.

KamauBeats    

Damn, a sad sad day. RIP Don

940 days ago
84.

Donna Ford    

RIP to a legend.....this is so sad!

940 days ago
85.

michelle wesley    

Is this not a shame

940 days ago
86.

Amber    

My heart aches after hearing this news.....I feel like I had a special connection growing up with him every saturday morning...Rest In Peace

940 days ago
87.

Supa M    

RIP Don!

940 days ago
88.

Jody    

They killed him

940 days ago
89.

Ebony    

Such sad news RIP the King of Sooooulllllll!

940 days ago
90.

Kriss    

R.I.P DON you will truly be missed........

940 days ago
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