Don Cornelius, "Soul Train" creator, dies at 75

Don Cornelius attends the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Nominations on Aug. 9, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Credit: Getty)

Don Cornelius attends the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Nominations on Aug. 9, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Credit: Getty)

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

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 in Los Angeles. There is no suspicion of foul play.

TMZ reports that Cornelius died of an apparent suicide. Law enforcement sources told the website that he died of a gunshot wound to the head that officials believe was self-inflicted.

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


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