Don Cornelius

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Don Cornelius
Don Cornelius at Soul Train 40th anniversary.jpg
Don Cornelius at the 40th anniversary event for Soul Train.
Born Donald Cortez Cornelius
(1936-09-27)September 27, 1936
Bronzeville, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 1, 2012(2012-02-01) (aged 75)
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
Years active 1966–2011
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.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. McKinley Jr., James C. (February 1, 2012). "Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Is Dead". The New York Times.