Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius, the creator of TV's "Soul Train," has died at the age of 75.

Los Angeles police say the TV host/producer died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

A press information officer at the Los Angeles Police Department told CBS Radio News that police responded to a call of a shooting at Cornelius' home. There is no suspicion of foul play.

"Soul Train" debuted on television in 1971 and ran until 2006. Cornelius produced the show and was its host from 1971-1993. -[CBS News]

Its always sad when someone who was part of something this influential passes on to another plane, but considering these circumstances it is definitely that much sadder. Rest in power Don Cornelius, Soul Train will be forever an essential part of soul music at one of its most pivotal moments. - BBG

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