Don Cornelius, the man behind the vision of one of TV’s most watched music programs is now dead at the age of 75.  According to reports, Don apparently took his very own life in his California home with a gunshot to the head. Woah!

The Scoop:

Don Cornelius — who famously created “Soul Train” was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning … and law enforcement sources tell us it appears he committed suicide.

We’re told cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Law enforcement sources tell us … Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.

We’re told Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. “Soul Train” changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.

Officials have notified Don’s family. Cornelius was 75.  [source]

How sad! I never really could understand what pushes an individual to the point of suicide but I guess some things are just not meant to be understood.  

In my personal opinion, I think suicide is one of the most selfish acts someone can do to hurt their entire family.  It’s one thing to be murdered but it’s another when you get a call and the authorities say “so & so committed suicide“.   It’s just a completely different feeling when a person decides to end their own life especially when it could have been avoided.

However, at the same time I do believe everyone has a right to do whatever they so choose to do with and in their lives.  It was his choice and now his family has to wonder why for the rest of their lives. May Don rest in peace.

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