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UPDATE–5:30 p.m. EST

TMZ reports that Don Cornelius had two life insurance policies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and his ex-wife, Victoria Chapman Cornelius, will get all of it.

UPDATE–3:01 p.m. EST:

TMZ reports that Don Cornelius did not leave a suicide note and that his one of his sons made the 911 call notifying authorities of father’s death.

UPDATE– 12:31 p.m. EST:

NBC 4 Los Angeles is reporting that Don Cornelius died as a  result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to the LAPD. USA Today also confirms Cornelius’ death as a suicide.


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NBC 4 Los Angeles reports:

The shooting occurred at the producer’s home at 12685 Mulholland Drive. Police responded to the home at about 4:30 a.m. and later confirmed the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

LAPD squad cars remained at the home as of 8:30 a.m. PT

Flowers will be placed on Cornelius’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  at 7080 Hollywood Blvd. near the corner of La Brea Avenue at 1 p.m. PT.


Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train, was found dead in his California home of an apparent suicide, TMZ reports.

TMZ has more:

We’re told cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT.  Law enforcement sources tell us … Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.

We’re told Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”Soul Train” changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.Officials have notified Don’s family. Cornelius was 75.

In honor of Mr. Cornelius, NewsOne is compiling a list of links reflecting on his life as well as statements from celebrities who knew him. Just keep scrolling down for more news and official statements on Cornelius’ death.

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Celebrity Statements On Don Cornelius’ Death

Rev. Al Sharpton:

“I am shocked and grief stricken by the reported news of the suicide of Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train. I have known him since I was19-years-old and James Brown had me speak on Soul Train. We have maintained a friendship for the last 38-years. He brought soul music and dance to the world in a way that it had never been shown and he was a cultural game changer on a global level. Had it not been for Don Cornelius we would not have ever transcended from the Chitlin circuit to become mainstream cultural trendsetters.”

Ice T

Soul Train was the radio station of Black America for years. Don Cornelius is an idol. There will never be another one of him in television. God bless him. Don is a G. Respect.

DJ Jazzy Jeff

RIP Don Cornelius…Thank You for all you have done for us…


Condolences to the family, friends+ associates of Don Cornelius. So grateful4 his decades of innovative contribution to black music. R.I.P.


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