I was shocked to read that this man, he of Soul Train fame, took a gun and ended his own life. I had heard he was having some major health issues and he must have really been suffering if he chose to go out like this.
There used to be a time when I’d read something like this and wonder just what could be so bad to make a person do this – but I know why now and I pray that none of you ever have to find out.
Soul Train was the shit; Don Cornelius was just so fucking cool as he hipped us to the latest dances, the hottest groups and the ones whose star was rising and, of course, the famous Soul Train line. I don’t think I missed many shows while it was on – and it wouldn’t help your rep any if you didn’t watch the show and more so when there was a dance at the school or somewhere else and you didn’t know the latest moves!
It was “American Bandstand” for Black folks and I think a lot of television people were surprised that the show became so successful. But now, the man who closed all of his shows with the words, “I’m Don Cornelius, wishing you peace… love… and soooouuuul!” is gone. Yeah, everyone’s gotta check out eventually but, again, I can only guess that whatever was ailing him was just too much to bear any longer.