Snoop Dogg, Billy Corgan, Aretha Franklin pay tribute to ‘Soul Train’ host Don Cornelius

Police have confirmed that iconic TV presenter shot himself yesterday (February 1), aged 75

A host of stars from the music world have paid tribute to Soul Train host Don Cornelius, who was pronounced dead yesterday morning (February 1).

Police say that the TV presenter, who hosted the show from 1971 to 2003 and helped give national exposure to artists such as Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, died after he shot himself.

Franklin wrote a statement which read:

It’s so sad, stunning and downright shocking. A huge and momentous loss to the African-American community and the world at large. Don Cornelius single handedly brought about a melding and unity of brother and sisterhood among young adults worldwide and globally with the unforgettable creation of Soul Train.

Rapper Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, was among the stars using Twitter to pay his respects, writing, “RIP Don Cornelius. Love Peace And Soul 4eva” while The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan said: “Sad to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius of Soul Train fame. Grateful to him that he turned me on to so much great music.”

Ice Cube also used his Twitter account to pay tribute, writing “Rest in Peace, Love & Soul…Don Cornelius”, while Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea posted ahhhh don cornelius, i loved that guy, so much great music I saw through him R.I.P. Bless his soul”.

Cornelius stepped down from his role as Soul Train host in 1993. According to the BBC, he was honoured with a place in the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1995, and also has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.