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Don Cornelius, Soul Train Creator, Dies of Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius, Soul Train Creator, Is Dead

Originally posted 02/01/2012 10:25AM

Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead Wednesday morning in his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home. He was 75.

He "died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," L.A. Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter tells PEOPLE. "Earlier this morning, paramedics had responded to his L.A. residence at the 12,600 block of Mulholland Drive. He was transported to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m. An investigation is ongoing."

According to Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Sara Faden, Van Nuys police officers responded to his home at 4 a.m. "Mr. Cornelius was transported to the hospital where he was declared deceased," she tells PEOPLE. "Our detectives are still on the scene."

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Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard Hop Soul Train | Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard Hop Soul Train

Originally posted 09/17/2010 11:20AM

Reunited, and it feels so good: Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will return to host the 2nd annual Soul Train Awards, airing Nov. 28 on Centric.

"You will see our chemistry come alive on television," Henson, 40, tells PEOPLE, while Howard, 41, adds: "You're going to see what friends are about. Soul Train represents family. She tells me I remind her of her daddy, and I tell her she reminds me of my favorite aunt. This is my family."

The program will honor R&B legends Anita Baker, 52, and Ronald Isley, 69, and Henson hints that she may surprise viewers with a few numbers herself. "

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