Don Cornelius at the 40th anniversary event for Soul Train.
|Born||Donald Cortez Cornelius
September 27, 1936
Bronzeville, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||February 1, 2012
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by gunshot|
|Body discovered||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||DuSable High School|
|Occupation||Television host, producer|
|Known for||Creator of Soul Train
WVON home station
|Home town||Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Delores Harrison (1956 – ?) 2 children
Viktoria Chapman (also known as Viktoria Avila-Cornelius; December 2001 – ?) (divorced)
|Children||Anthony and Raymond (first marriage)|
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 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. Cornelius committed suicide on February 1, 2012 in Sherman Oaks, California after shooting himself with a gun.