Soul Train Host Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius, the man who created Soul Train and hosted it for years, is dead at 75 according to the LA Times. A family member discovered his body this morning in his Encino home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Cornelius had recently gone through a divorce.

Cornelius founded Soul Train in 1971 and hosted until 1993, but kept the show running all the way up to 2006–the longest running nationally syndicated show in TV history.

Below: Cornelius dancing on Soul Train in much happier times. RIP.