Don Cornelius, the man who created the 1970s hit Soul Train, was found dead in his home in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday, EW has confirmed. Cornelius, who hosted the show between 1971 and 1993, died of an apparent suicide via a gunshot wound. He was 75. The Los Angeles Police Department tells EW that an investigation surrounding his death is ongoing, but there are no signs of foul play.
Cornelius was well known for his catchphrase that would end each episode of Soul Train: “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.” Soul Train continues to be a force in pop culture: Not only is it often referenced in movies and TV shows, but the Soul Train Music Awards still runs on an annual basis. (And just two years ago, Vh1 ran a Soul Train documentary, which focused on the show and its influence, and The Best of Soul Train was released commemorating the show’s 40th anniversary.) READ FULL STORY