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Iconic 'Soul Train' Host Don Cornelius Found Dead

From NBC News - Don Cornelius, the iconic host and creator of "Soul Train," died early Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his Mulholland Drive home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

Police arrived at Cornelius' home at about 4 a.m., according to NBC Los Angeles. 

Cornelius, who brought R&B into America's living rooms with his long-running television show, dubbed "The Hippest Trip in America," presented stars like Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Barry White to a national television audience.

Cornelius, with his deep voice, stylish clothes and Afro, provided a hipper alternative to Dick Clark and "American Bandstand" when his show debuted on Aug. 17, 1970.

It was syndicated a year later, making Cornelius a national star. Although he dropped out as host in 1993, the show continued running until December 2007.

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