Cornelius was the founder of the iconic Soul Train television show that helped introduce African-American music and culture to mainstream America from 1971 to 1993.
Producer Don Cornelius celebrated his 25th season of the syndicated music show "Soul Train." He is also presented a new awards show, "Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards" which aired in syndication August 6, 1995, File July 19, 1996. (AP)
Television producer Don Cornelius holds a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after the unveiling of his star in Los Angeles, File February 27, 1997. (AP)
R&B performer Usher and Soul Train producer Don Cornelius arrive at the 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, File February 28, 2005. (AFP)
Don Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show "Soul Train," shot himself to death February 1, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, police said. He was 75, File March 6, 2006. (AP)