Don Cornelius

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

Media legend Don Cornelius, the man who developed and created the historic music dance show Soul Train, was found dead this morning in his Sherman Oaks home. Sources say he apparently died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Soul Train is historic in the sense that it had a significant impact on pop culture and the integration of soul music into the mainstream. The show was a common stop for all artists to showcase their talents, and in many cases served as a point of introduction into mainstream music. The show ran from 1971 through 2006, with Cornelius serving as the show’s host from it’s inception to 1993.

Don Cornelius, may you rest in peace. We wish you love, peace, and soul my brother.