The Father Of Cool, Don Cornelius, Dead At 75
Don Cornelius, the founder of groundbreaking television show Soul Train, has been found dead at the age of 75.
Police found Cornelius’ lifeless body in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning from what appears to be suicide. According to TMZ, sources close to the TV icon say he was plagued with health issues for years, including a stroke and a condition that required brain surgery.
With his smooth voice, suave manner and distinct fashion style, Don Cornelius ushered in a new era in entertainment through Soul Train, a musical variety show that aired in syndication from October 1971 to March 2006 and featured performances by R&B, soul and later on, hip-hop artists.
Cornelius hosted the show until 1993. Best known for his signature sign-off (“I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soooooouuuuullllllll”) the entertainment legend carved a singular niche in the entertainment business with his vision for a program dedicated to showing the best in Black music. This fall he will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.