Don Cornelius, host and creator of the landmark television program Soul Train, died this morning at the age of 75, after apparently taking his own life.
Officers found Cornelius at his Los Angeles home around 4 am, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Don Cornelius’ contributions to the world of television, music, Black history and pop culture cannot be overstated. Soul Train was the place to see Black artists, entertainers, and everyday people like you and me, at a time when Black faces on television and in the media were incredibly hard to come by.
Before BET, before the Cosby Show, and before Tyler Perry, there was Soul Train.