TMZ.com is reporting that Soul Train legend and host Don Cornelius has been found dead in his Los Angeles area home. According to TMZ.com, “cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Law enforcement sources tell us … Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.”
The Chicago Native founded and produced Soul Train from 1971 to 1993.
If there was anything indicating that Cornelius was miserable, it can be found in the letter he wrote in 2009 asking the L.A. County Superior Court to speedy things up and finalize his divorce. In the letter, he stated: ”I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die.”
Friends say that Cornelius suffered immensely from his health issues and believe that his death was a way for him to relieve himself of the pain. No suicide note was found at the scene.