Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television host and television producer. He was known for creating the music franchise series Soul Train.
Cornelius was an African American who was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was married to Delores Harrison until they divorced. He was later married to Viktoria Chapman from 2001 until they divorced. He died on February 1, 2012 in Sherman Oaks, California after shooting himself with a gun.