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Don Cornelius

Born: 1936-09-27 - Died: 2012-02-01
Cause of Death:
Self-inflicted gunshot wound


Death Summary: Cornelius committed suicide on February 1, 2012. Responding law enforcement agents assume that he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a complete investigation is pending.

Who was Don Cornelius : Cornelius was a television show host and producer who is best known for creating, and hosting (from 1971 - 1993, the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train. MadVision Entertainment purchased Soul Train in 2008 from Cornelius.

The way Soul Train came about was, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there was no television venue in the States for soul music. He created the show which introduced many African-American musicians to a larger audience.

Cornelius will probably be remembered for his iconic catchphrase, which he used to close each show: "... and 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!"
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41 Signatures in Don Cornelius's guestbook

  1. Cooper Cornelius Says:

    Rip don. You will always Be in my soul train

  2. Nina Johnson Says:

    In parting- we wish you peace.

  3. Dr. Slade Says:

    The sad part was don was working on a new project. A game show called self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The premise was simple, take a gunshot wound to the head and see who lives. Ten contestants ten handguns ten bullets ten noggins. That was the tag line for the show. The grand prize was twenty thousand dollars. NBC was thinking about it being put on midday. They network was worried that all the cotestants would die from there wounds and there would be no winner. So Don decided to show them they were wrong and try he did. Don was able to unload 3 shots before he died. Proving he was a true beliver in his show. He still went to far. The first part of his carrer was really awsome with soul train. I can’t understand how he kept all those silverbacks under control with that loud music plus the bright lights. Rest easy don you will be sorta missed.

  4. darlene johnson Says:

    God bless him and his family he will be in our hearts Forever

  5. Crystal day Says:

    Rip don , you truly will be missed. Thanks for soul train. “Soul”

  6. slade slayer Says:

    @Dr. Slade,you would make a great contestant,but make sure you use a single load shotgun,you’ll make the dumbass hall of fame posthumously for sure, while being quickly forgotten as the biggest loser asshole in TV history !!!

  7. champ Says:

    i can not believe that he would do that he was great and he will be missed forever

  8. VICKIEJ Says:

    DONT FORGET TO TEACH THE ANGELS TO DANCE DOWN THE SOUL TRAIN LINE

  9. marie whitner Says:

    don really takes me back to the day in the 60′s and 70′s.i pray peace to you .

  10. JAMES Says:

    GOD REST HIS SOUL I BEEN WATCHING CORNELIUS FOR YEARS ON SOUL TRAIN BUT TO COMMIT SUICIDE GOD WANT FORGIVE U FOR THAT THE BIBLE SAID THY SHALL NOT KILL PEACE BE WITH YOU MY BROTHER GOD STILL LOVE YOU

  11. Bonita wilson Says:

    we’re going to miss you

  12. Shopvac munckin Says:

    Dems be my man dems jus be

  13. Frankie Davis Says:

    You showed us much Love, you let us dance to have Peace, and with that it reached our Soul, now we’ll let you Rest! You gave us, Me, alot…You kept me off the streets with your show & i would have like to thank you for that!!!

  14. MARY DAVIS Says:

    R.I.P. WE WILL MISSED YOU

  15. Patrice Irving Says:

    RIP

  16. Stefan Goldborough Says:

    he freakin ruled lol jk he sucked lol haha

  17. Sylvia I. Says:

    As a teenager in high school, I watched Soul Train religiously every Saturday morning. I’m not black, but I grew up with soul and R&B music, and I love it to this day. Don did a LOT to promote black artists and black music during the 70′s and 80′s, and for that he deserves MUCH respect! He was a true pioneer and a visionary. God only knows what issues prompted him to take his own life, but that should not diminish in any way the importance of the role he played in the American music industry. Keep it up in heaven, Don! I wish you LOVE, PEACE and SOUL!!!!!!!

  18. T. Slater Says:

    Don, you finally got to ride the Soul Train to the pearly gates of heaven. You road the Soul Train all the way home to Heaven. You must be feeling pretty darn good right now.

  19. John t slater Says:

    Suicid =hell

  20. John t slater Says:

    As the babbon keeper at the Bronx zoo I can tll you that when he died. He was the best trained

  21. Big black and beautiful Says:

    I remember hims glasses. Mosteses

  22. jaree Says:

    why Don?

  23. Jean Paul Says:

    Jaree it’s cause he was the bestes at he game.

  24. T.Slater Says:

    By feeling pretty good right now I meant even with the gunshot wound to the head. Oh and the eternal damnation thing. But other than that you should feel pretty good. I am retarded actually and should never say anything in public again.

  25. chelsey Says:

    i will always remember you!

  26. willy will Says:

    sorry 4 da lost of my man don soul train is my fav tv show

  27. Sally pickles Says:

    Ya ya ya.willy will he was the nigga

  28. Neilius Noggin Says:

    He took a shot to the head? Why? Why? You were my favorite colored person. I thought you were so cool when you would say something like, “hey my brothers where you being at up there near me over here now my children of the wheels that spin and bring my check to the house that we gonna get weed and booze with” A legend of TV has gone away again. That’s a shame for sure, rest easy my main man.

  29. Joy Says:

    Soul Train was one of the few things I could bond over with my dad. It gave me my love of music and it’s why I have any relationship at all with him now.

    I’m sorry you suffered so but you did amazing work.

  30. Monkey shines Says:

    Nelius be the way and the lights of the day and nights. You see that baby nelius be the way for yous.

  31. Norman Philips Jr. Says:

    May God bless you, and welcome you to Heaven. Thank you for your contributions to making the world a better place.

  32. stanofslofsky Says:

    Bless you to heaven? That’s not happening he is probably doing something with more heat involved.

  33. Slippery slope Says:

    One of the smoothest cats to be on the tv. Thanks don and I hope whatever was in you is gone and you are at peace. Very sad to generations.

  34. decacat Says:

    4 all of you ignorant and dissrespectful motherfuckers that have been writting in his book, its not scripture but catholic dogma that states that you will go to hell 4 killing yourself. make sure you know what your talking about before you speak!

  35. Gary Minadeo Says:

    You brought great music to the public.

  36. Decacat Says:

    I always be uses the words motherfucker. Just like my mammys taughts me to.

  37. jonny Says:

    who cares

  38. Decacat Says:

    I knowed he sprinkle hims love juice on my face. I knowedes it be.

  39. Rhonda Says:

    YOU GAVE THE WORLD THE GREATEST DANCE SHOW OF ALL TIME,(SOUL TRAIN) REST IN PEACE DON.

  40. Heanes Says:

    Best o da bunches like williy sanders.

  41. Sandra Dixon Says:

    You were the man, you are the man, you will always be the man………..rest in peace, Mr.Don.


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