Don Cornelius 's death on February 1, 2012 was an act of suicide, coroners have ruled. The Soul Train creator was found at his Los Angeles home, with a gunshot wound to the head. According to Bbc News, the post-mortem was carried out last Friday (February 4, 2012) and the results of the toxicology tests are still to be produced.
Don Cornelius created Soul Train in 1970, funding the show with his own money and the programme has been credited with breaking down racial barriers in the music industry as well as helping the careers of several artists. Aretha Franklin was one of those artists who paid tribute to Don Cornelius by saying he helped to boost "unity and brotherhood" with the music show. Last week, Don's son released a public statement thanking Cornelius' fans for the support that they had shown for his work: "We thank all the well-wishers and the fans who have supported the Soul Train legacy," the message read, before it was signed off with Cornelius's trademark farewell "Love, Peace and Soul."
On Saturday, hundreds of the shows fans turned out on Broadway, dressed in 1970s-style clothing and recreated some of the idiosyncratic dance moves that could be seen on the original show. Don has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and in 1995, he was give a place in the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.