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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.

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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Sharon S.    

"Only God knows. Love, Peace, and your Soul to God." May the family always remember all the wonderful memories of this 'Great Icon'.

959 days ago

Keith D.    

RIP Don. I grew up watching since the first airing of Soul Train.

959 days ago


I dont belive it,No Way,Don woundnt go out like that!

959 days ago


As a repressed white hick from the sticks, I totally got into Soul Train, felt I could be hip and cool too, and showed how people were meant to DANCE! One of THE coolest brothers EVER-RIP Don!

959 days ago


I am so sorry to hear this. I used to watch Soul Train all the time as a kid. Wow. I am praying for his family.

959 days ago


wow......i got nothin'. and at 75....really? you go that long before you say "screw it"?

959 days ago


RIP Don Cornelius.

959 days ago


Don, May God welcome you in heaven for all the fun and laughter you gave us in this life-time

959 days ago


leave a memory @

959 days ago

James Holmes    

Don Cornelius R.I.P. and thank you for all of the great Saturday morning memories... when I was a kid, Saturday morning meant Soul Train and a little dancing!

959 days ago

alfreda bryant    

I have lived with this mans entertainment for over was a conventional moment on saturday mornings..learning new dances and artist..he will be missed...PEACE..LOVE AND SOUL...HUGS..

959 days ago


Dang!! Now there is "Nooooooooooo Train." Loved his voice and his crazy pimp-ass suits! RIP

959 days ago


Grew up watching this show, rest in love, peace and soul Don

959 days ago


RIP Don, you are a stone gas honey!

959 days ago


Today is my b day and I am going to party for me and don on today Im praying you have your peace now and on today Im going to bring it all the way back and break it all the way down lets keep it live thanks for all the great memories RIP.

959 days ago
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