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“I wish you love, peace and soul,” are words that many people will forever remember. Those are words of Don Cornelius, the face and creator of the hit show ‘Soul Train’ who died Wednesday of an alleged suicide at the age of 75.
Around 4 a.m. the Los Angeles police responded to a call about gunshots coming from Cornelius’ house. He was pronounced dead by the Los Angeles coroner.
In his remembrance, people all over the world are concerned with the impact that he had on the music industry and not the negative way that he died.
When ‘Soul Train’ first aired in August of 1970, surely no one thought that it would become one of the longest syndicated television shows of all times. Every episode would have different music acts with dancers being showcased the entire show.
Artist and other major music pioneers are shocked to hear the news, but are fortunate to have known Cornelius during his life.
According to the Huffington Post, Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons commented on the impact of Cornelius among the music industry.
"Don Cornelius gave artists who had been segregated from most mainstream vehicles of expression a chance to perform in front of a huge national audience," Simmons wrote. "It was a tremendous opportunity that changed their careers and the whole music industry. To win a Soul Train Music Award meant that the most sophisticated tastemakers in the world loved your work."
We remember Don Cornelius survived by two sons, Raymond and Anthony.
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