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American television icon Don Cornelius created and hosted Soul Train, which spent more than 30 years on the air.
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But the savvy businessman never quite recovered from the turmoil. On February 1, 2012, at approximately 4 AM, police officials discovered Cornelius' body at his California home. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head that officials later stated was self-inflicted. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that morning.
Cornelius is survived by two sons, Anthony and Raymond.
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