Don Cornelius Cremated in Private Ceremony

Don Cornelius Cremated in Private Ceremony

Close friends and family attend small gathering for Soul Train creator Don Cornelius.

Published February 13, 2012

Don Cornelius, the legendary founder of Soul Train, was cremated at a private service in Los Angeles attended by friends and family on Friday. Reverend Jesse Jackson led those gathered in prayer, the Associated Press reports.

A larger private memorial service is planned for this week. That service will also feature Rev. Jackson, who will reportedly take the occasion to give a full eulogy.

“The Rev. Jackson and my father were very, very close friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” wrote Cornelius’s son Tony in a statement.

Cornelius was found dead in an apparent suicide on February 1, having sustained a gunshot to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted. He left no suicide note.

The Soul Train host and civil rights activist had suffered a variety of health problems, including at least one requiring brain surgery, in his last years. He also became embroiled in a bitter divorce.

At the Grammy Awards on Sunday, drummer-producer Questlove and host LL Cool J paid homage to the late pioneer. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Reggie Ugwu


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