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Don Cornelius' Son

He Called Me Before He Died

2/2/2012 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Don Cornelius
' son claims the late "Soul Train" creator phoned him just hours before he shot himself in the head -- describing the last-minute outreach as a "call of urgency."

Don's son Tony Cornelius wouldn't specify what the call was about -- telling Gayle King on "CBS This Morning," his dad's health was failing and he was "unhappy about some things" in his life.

Tony told Gayle, "You have to be in a person's shoes really to understand. Obviously, me being extremely close to him, I could tell that he was uncomfortable."

Tony added, "But our family could never know that he would -- how uncomfortable he really was."



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I am heart broken by the loss of this Great Trailblazing Renaissance Man! He changed and enriched American culture with the introduction of Soul Train. Prior to that music and dance were completely segrated.His impact with the longest running dance show in syndication, expands well beyond R&B and Soul music. Popular music, Rock, even country music would not be the same. There would not have been Disco, MTV, VH1, music videos,etc. I doubt the knew how important he was in so many peoples lives.
My sincere condolences to his son and rest of his family. I hope the son realizes there is not anything he could have said or done, once a person is determine to commit suicide. GOD REST HIS SOUL & GOD BLESS HIS SON,FAMILY,& ALL THE SOUL TRAIN PERFORMERS,DANCERS AND FANS!

992 days ago


This is truly heartbreaking. The suffering and agony he must have been in to do something like this. I feel just sick thinking about it and the loss to his family. His poor son, my heart aches for him having found his father. Hope the family can heal.

991 days ago


Thankfully most of America has no compassion for this racist.

991 days ago
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