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    "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius is shown hosting his iconic music television program in this 1973 file photo. Cornelius, the man who created "Soul Train," was found dead in his Los Angeles home today. The cause of death was confirmed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
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    Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., center, is interviewed by "Soul Train" show host and producer Don Cornelius, right.
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    Singer Aretha Franklin and host and producer Don Cornelius are shown in this undated file photo. Franklin was one of many entertainers who Cornelius helped introduce to a wider audience. James Brown, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder also had their careers boosted by performances on "Soul Train."
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    Diana Ross stands with host and producer Don Cornelius. Ross was one of many entertainers who performed on "Soul Train."
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    Radio personality Tom Joyner, left, talks with Don Cornelius in this 1980s file photo. Joyner and Cornelius were both well-known personalities in Chicago in the late 60s, with Joyner hosting a radio show and "Soul Train" airing as a local weekday program before it moved to Los Angeles in 1971.
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    Attorney Johnnie Cochran is honored by the Brotherhood Crusade at their annual banquet, Dec. 2, 1994. Flanking a portrait of Cochran is Mohammad Mubarak (the artist of the painting), Johnnie Cochran, Don Cornelius and Danny J. Bakewell, CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade.
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    Janet Jackson and Don Cornelius are shown during Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" CD Release Party--All Access at Mortons in West Hollywood, Calif., March 20, 2004. Cornelius continued to be a powerful presence in the music world for nearly four decades.
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    Don Cornelius and wife, Viktoria Chapman-Cornelius, attend VH1 Divas Duets: A Concert to Benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, in 2003. The couple divorced in 2008.
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    Reverend Jesse L. Jackson poses with singer Smokey Robinson, Greg Mathis and Don Cornelius at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalitions Fourth Annual Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Dec. 11, 2001 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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    Usher, Male Entertainer of The Year, Don Cornelius, and Ice Cube, Lifetime Archievement Award recipient, are shown in this Feb. 28, 2005 file photo.
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    From left: Viktoria Chapman-Cornelius, Don Cornelius, R. Kelly, Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder are shown at the 20th Annual Soul Train Awards, March 4, 2006.
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    Soul Train founder and Soul Train Awards producer Don Cornelius, right, appears backstage with attorney Johnny Cochran, center, at the ninth annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. Defense attorney Carl Douglas is at left.
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    "Soul Train" host and creator Don Cornelius holds a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after the unveiling of his star in Los Angeles, Feb. 27, 1997.
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    This March 6, 2006 file photo shows Don Cornelius at his office in Los Angeles. Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show "Soul Train," shot himself to death, Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, police said. He was 75.
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