Soul Train's Don Cornelius Dead at 75 of Apparent Suicide

Celebrity News Feb. 1, 2012 AT 9:33AM
Soul Train's Don Cornelius Dead at 75 of Apparent Suicide Credit: Kevin Parry/WireImage.com

Don Cornelius, the man behind Soul Train, was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, Calif. home early Wednesday morning, TMZ reports.

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At 75, the creator of the iconic music TV show is believed to have taken his own life; he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

TMZ reports he was pronounced dead at the hospital. In court in 2009 for divorce proceedings, Cornelius complained of "significant health issues."

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Beloved hit Soul Train debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.

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