“Soul Train” Host Don Cornelius Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius File Photo

Don Cornelius File Photo

It is with sadness and shock that we have learned that legend Don Cornelius, former host of “Soul Train” has been found dead. His death is being ruled a suicide.

He was found dead about 2 hours ago, 4 a.m. pacific time in his home in the San Fernando Valley of Sherman Oaks, California.

He died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.  He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cornelius was 75 years old.

“Soul train” debuted on the air in 1971 and ran until 2006.

We are stunned by the news of Cornelius’s passing…….-DocFB



  • douglas
    Posted at 21:02h, 02 February

    so what if it was a suicide……it was painless……..would you rather he had a painful death?

    Posted at 11:46h, 02 February


  • Monique
    Posted at 07:25h, 02 February

    Ms. E…..Champaigne was being ignorant…..recognized it next time…..R.I.P. Don

  • Ms. E
    Posted at 01:35h, 02 February

    Sarah White WROTE:
    “To the person called “Champaigne” It’s African American History Month not negro history month. ASS!!!!”

    It’s stuff like this that adds to people’s stress of not wanting to live.
    Is it really NECESSARY lash out at someone like that because of a misnomer?
    Where is The LOVE & PEACE for another soul???

    BTW, FYI before there was “African American History Month” there was “Black History Month” and before that “Negro History Week”.
    Know the History and know Love and Compassion in correction.

  • pyantr
    Posted at 15:21h, 01 February

    Good bye 2a great man n show host rip

  • @ButtaNot
    Posted at 13:44h, 01 February

    This is Going Down as the Second, Sad Day, in the History of the Show… The First being, the Last Taping in 2006. I use to Enjoy Recalling What I was doin when this or that Dance was out, While Watching Re-runs, Along with Checkin The Old Memory Bank for My Actual Whereabouts, when it Originally Aired. This News will Forever Change the Way I’ve Been Viewing this Historically Black & Proud Showcase, of Mega Talented Dances & OUR Dear Beloved Host…RIP Don !

  • donna purzycki
    Posted at 13:14h, 01 February

    rest in peace Don you surley were a pioneer for all black, white, and everyone in between may you always have peace love and soul

  • SingMia
    Posted at 11:52h, 01 February

    My heart dropped in my chest today,
    The sadness of a mans soul gone away,
    I can only pray for his grace with God,
    Whereas, his faith leaped within a knod,
    He must have forgotten the love from above,
    But now he resides in heaven’s love.

    For U…
    Written by SingMia for Don

  • Tondelaya Allen
    Posted at 11:15h, 01 February

    Rest In Peace Don, You Will Surely Be Missed

  • Qaid Amir Ali ( bka Purple Funk Lover )
    Posted at 10:56h, 01 February

    R.I.P. Mr. Cornelius … who along with my father introduced me to Soul Music. I remember growing up in Chicago on the South Side tuning into Soul Train and watching some great acts and future Soul Legends.

  • Mz J
    Posted at 10:15h, 01 February

    So so sad ! My heart goes out to Mr Cornelius family. I watch SOUL TRAIN until this very day . LOVE ,PEACE AND SOOOOOOOOOUL MR. DON .YOU WILL BE MISSED SIR .

  • Sarah White
    Posted at 09:42h, 01 February

    To the person called “Champaigne” It’s African American History Month not negro history month. ASS!!!!

  • Ramona Tucker
    Posted at 09:40h, 01 February

    You will be missed Don we all loved you and the soul train line!

    Posted at 09:26h, 01 February


  • drfunkenberry
    Posted at 09:25h, 01 February

    I am in shock right now. I cannot believe Don Cornelius is dead. Suicide. Don introduced me to funk and soul. It was through him I first saw Chaka Khan, The Time, James Brown, and introduced me to rap with Kool Moe D and Run D.M.C. I saw colors on my TV screen that would not have been given the chance if not for Don. Thank you so much Don. I hope you are finally at peace……

  • Juanita
    Posted at 09:24h, 01 February

    He was sooo cool–so sorry to hear of his death, sadder still that it is thought to be a suicide.

  • Sherri Johnson
    Posted at 09:23h, 01 February

    Say it ain’t so, he’s been struggling all this time with his illness, whatever it was …. So on the 1st day of Black History month, he decides enough is enough, but in a selfish way, God Bless his family!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:19h, 01 February

    Peace Love An Soul my Brother.

  • Digby
    Posted at 09:16h, 01 February

    In parting, we wish love, peace and soul

  • LeWarren Pugh
    Posted at 09:14h, 01 February

    im shocked

  • Champaigne
    Posted at 09:13h, 01 February

    I can’t believe this happened on the 1st day of Negro History Month and he committed suicide due to a gun shot wound to the the head. I’m not beleiving it.

  • Katy Gaston
    Posted at 09:10h, 01 February

    Omg, that’s awful! RIP.

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