Don Cornelius, the creator and man behind the popular show Soul Train, was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, California home today (February 1) and according to law enforcement, it appears to be self-inflicted. He was 75 years old.

Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993, and “Soul Train” ceased production in 2006.


Cornelius launched ‘Soul Train’ in Chicago in 1970 and it quickly became a seminal part of black culture, featuring the hottest music, fashion and dancing. Cornelius hosted the show until 1993 and in addition to his mellifluous voice and of-the-moment style. He was known for his catchphrase at the end of every show: “…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!”


In a 2011 with The Times, Don Cornelius said he was excited about a movie project he was developing about ‘Soul Train’.

“We’ve been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn’t be the ‘Soul Train’ dance show, it would be more of a biographical look at the project,” he said. “It’s going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show.”


As we say Goodbye to another talent and visionary lets also remember what Don Cornlius brought us . ‘Soul Train’ became the longest-running nationally syndicated show in history, airing from 1971 through 2006.

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