Don Cornelius, creator of the iconic TV music and dance show "Soul Train," died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He was 75.
The suicide occurred early Wednesday morning at his Sherman Oaks, Calif. home. Los Angeles assistant chief coroner Ed Winter confirmed the suicide death.
Cornelius had health issues, but it is not known what contributed to his death.
"Soul Train" began in 1970 in Chicago and aired in syndication from 1971 to March 2006, featuring primarily African-American, R&B acts.
The smooth-talking Cornelius was the first host and executive producer of the program. As the popularity of 'Soul Train' grew, the show attracted a crossover audience.
Funeral arrangements are pending.