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« on: February 02, 2012, 11:52:45 AM »

Don Cornelius' Suicide Reveals Troubled Life of 'Soul Train' Founder
By Sheila Marikar | ABC News 

Don Cornelius' death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound has drawn new attention to the dark side of the "Soul Train" founder.

Cornelius, 75, was plagued by health problems in the last three decades of his life. He underwent a 21-hour operation in 1982 to correct a congenital malformation in blood vessels in his brain. "You choose your brain surgeons for their stamina," he said afterwards, according to The Washington Post. "You're never quite the same afterward. Travel is always a real test." 

His personal life also suffered. In 2008, he was arrested for felony domestic violence against his estranged wife, Victoria Avila-Cornelius. In 2009, he plead no contest to one count of "corporal injury resulting in traumatic condition of a spouse," was put on probation for 36 months, and ordered to pay over $1,000 in fines. She also filed multiple restraining orders against him.

But Cornelius' lasting legacy is his impact on diversifying pop culture and giving rise to a hugely influential group of black performers. Cornelius created "Soul Train" and hosted the show in national syndication from 1971 to 1993.  It was the first real venue on American TV for soul music, and as the show's writer, producer, and emcee, Cornelius played a vital role in bringing stars like James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to a wider audience... 

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 01:23:48 PM »

Man...this is so sad! I loved Soul Train,especially during the 70s,and his voice always gave me goose bumps. One time I was watching him interview Barry White and just listening to those two sexy men talk was wonderful. That was a great piece of my teen years....and I'm sorry that you felt compelled to do that,Don. Bluesad


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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 01:25:48 PM »

As a kid I was sort of self-imposed forced to watch Don Cornelius and Soul Train because it came on Saturday nights before our local Shock Theater. I grew to look forward to it and probably knew quite a bit more about R&B than most eight-years-old little white boys in rural Alabama.

Peace love and sooooooul, Mr Cornelius.

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