Don Cornelius, Soul Train creator was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide. Depressed over his recent divorce and failing health, decided to buy a one way ticket to heaven and took his own life. Celebrities and fans shocked by his death, remembered the music icon for his contribution to the entertainment industry.
Shemar Moore, one of the former hosts of Soul Train, said prior to his former boss’s death, Cornelius might have suffered from dementia: “I don’t know what his health was like. I had heard rumors that it was early [onset] dementia, Alzheimer’s, things like that.” Moore added, “I’d heard that he was sick.”
“Don Cornelius! It’s so shocking and stunning. God bless him,” said Aretha Franklin. “He created a solid and broad foundation for young people and adults alike to socialize, dance and have good clean fun. He united the young adult community single-handedly…Everybody loved Soul Train and appreciated Don!”
“I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius,” music icon Quincy Jones told E! News. “Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business.”
Don Cornelius a Libra,who was married twice, is survived by his two children: Anthony and Raymond. Sadly, his bitter divorce to ex wife, Viktoria Chapman, may have pushed him over the edge. Ironically, she will receive over $300k in death benefits from his life insurance policy and not his children.
For Astrochicks, we absolutely LOVED Soul Train and we are so sad for his family. May Don Corneulius, the music man, be remembered for his contribution to pop culture. RIP, Love, peace and soul!