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Soul Train host Don Cornelius dead at 75 (avclub.com) He died of an apparent suicide via gunshot wound to the chest. Yikes.

RIP Don Cornelius.



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This is just awful. I hope this was a case of his health issues being so unbearable that he decided to go out on his own terms as opposed to something else. (It was a shot to the head, by the way, not that it matters - dead is dead.)

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You know, I got my ass whipped for watching Soul Train on the sly more than once when I was a kid. I wasn't allowed to watch it (I suspect my father though I might suddenly start wearing colorful polyester shirts and large neon colored flare pants ). I also wasn't allowed to watch Hullabaloo, Midnight Special, Shindig! or Bandstand - although he finally relented on Bandstand. Mom was OK with it and when we saw the Jackson 5 on Soul Train - I finally got to watch it when she was there - she sort of had a nodding acquaintance with Joe Jackson's wife. I watched it for at least the next 12-3 years - kind of stopped around 84-85 for some reason.

Don, I am sure, was a genius, along with Dick Clark and - I can't think of his name, but he produced a late night show - not Midnight special - but similar - in that era.

Too bad. The guy must have been suffering badly. I know he had a nasty divorce last year too.



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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Don, I am sure, was a genius, along with Dick Clark and - I can't think of his name, but he produced a late night show - not Midnight special - but similar - in that era.
Don Kirshner? He died last year.



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Read it and weep, fella


When I was a kid, the Saturday morning/early-afternoon routine was Saturday morning cartoons (smurfs, etc), Little Rascals, Soul Train, Three Stooges, wrestling, then Kung-Fu Theater. I probably watched those shows (maybe even in that order?) every Saturday for years straight.

Sad, sad, sad.



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That's who I was thinking of, Zed, yep.



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    When I was a kid, the Saturday morning/early-afternoon routine was Saturday morning cartoons (smurfs, etc), Little Rascals, Soul Train, Three Stooges, wrestling, then Kung-Fu Theater. I probably watched those shows (maybe even in that order?) every Saturday for years straight.

    Sad, sad, sad.

Sounds like MY exact Saturday morning routine too!

Don Cornelius dying of natural causes or of some disease would have been sad enough, but for a man who brought so much joy to so many people's lives, for him to go out like this is shocking and gut wrenching.

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