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‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Dead: Stars React on Twitter

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Don Cornelius — the man who created, produced, wrote and hosted the iconic television show 'Soul Train' — has died at the age of 75. Cornelius was found in his Los Angeles home on the morning of Feb. 1, 2012, and was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Several stars took to Twitter today to mourn the death of the music icon, who helped bring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross plus many other influential black artists to homes all over America. 'Soul Train' was one of the longest-running shows in television history, with Cornelius acting as the host from 1971-1993 before handing over the show to a variety of other hosts up until 2006. He was truly a revolutionary figure in the world of black music, and stars like Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg took the time to pay tribute to him and his legacy on this sad day.


Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige): Not good news to wake up to. I'm here in LA one town over from Sherman Oaks. —RT“@EdDLoVa: Ahh man. Horrible news. Smh #RIP Don Cornelius”



Follow @WizKhalifa (@RealWizKhalifa): Rip Don Cornelius



iamdiddy (@iamdiddy): Love Peace and Soul- RIP Don Cornelius ….



Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson): Black music never looked so good. R.I.P. Don Cornelius.



Rihanna (@rihanna): R.I.P Don C



Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ): R.I.P. Mr. Cornelius



Handsome Ass Nigga (@thegame): Awwww damn it !!!! Don Cornelius died….. Soul Train had my crib poppin on Saturday mornings. R.I.P. #HeavenGotAllThePartyPeople



The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul): All my love, prayers & condolences go to the family, friends & loved ones of #DonCornelius, creator of #SoulTrain …. #DonCornelius was a visionary in his own right. I wish all his family & friends peace & comfort during this horribly difficult time. xoP



Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg): RIP Don Cornelius. LOVE PEACE AND SOOOOUUULLLL 4eva



MC HAMMER (@MCHammer): Don Cornelius wasn't the suicide type.. Original Chicago “OG”.. Do your homework ..I ain't buying it… #RIPDonCornelius



Brandy Norwood (@4everBrandy): OMG!!!!!! R.I.P Don Cornelius!!!!!!!!



Monica (@MonicaBrown):

Mr.Cornelius u told me that few people possess that special something, well u were 1 of the few.U were beyond special❤



Wyclef Jean (@wyclef): JUST WOKE UP TO SOME SAD NEWS , R.I.P. Don Cornelius founder of SOUL TRAIN



Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas): R.I.P Don Cornelius. Peace, love, and soul.



Big Boi (@BigBoi):

Woah RT @HarveyLevinTMZ: We just broke story … Don Cornelius is dead…apparent suicide. Soul Train changed TV


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