Death Of ‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Ruled Officially A Suicide

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles County Coroner has officially ruled the death of “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius a suicide.

Cornelius, 75, was found early Friday morning in his Sherman Oaks home dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Toxicology reports have been ordered and will be included in the final coroner report.

Cornelius created the landmark show, debuting it in 1971. It ran until 2006. Cornelius served as host between 1971 and 1993, ending each episode with: “And you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”

Cornelius had reportedly been in poor health since he divorced his wife in 2010.


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