According to reports, police were called to Cornelius’s home after gunshots were heard. The police found Cornelius with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.
The first episode of Soul Train aired on August 17, 1970 and by the following year it was being aired on more than one network. It definitely proved to be what the African American culture needed. Soul Train became the longest-running national syndicated show in history. The show aired from 1971 to 2006 and Cornelius hosted until 1993 when he decided to step down.