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While at work today I kept hearing people whisper, “He committed suicide” but I had no idea that they were talking about Don Cornelius.

Don Cornelius is single handedly responsible for introducing America to black culture with the creation of the dance and music show, ‘Soul Train.’ The show aired in syndication from October 1971 to March 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists.

According to sources, the death has been reported as a suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

I could go into details of how I feel about suicide, theories on why he did it and what his life was like before committing suicide but that’s not the way I want to discuss his life and his affect the world.

Instead, let’s go down ‘Soul Train’ memory lane and view some footage of some of the past entertainers that Mr. Cornelius introduced us to.

Aretha Franklin performs Rock Steady live on Soul Train in 1973.

Heavy D & The Boyz perform The Overweight Lover’s In House on Soul Train.

Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill perform Perfect Combination on Soul Train.

Luther Vandross performing A House is Not A Home on Soul Train.