DON CORNELIUS

Don Cornelius’ Death Ruled Suicide by Coroner

(AllHipHop News) Don Cornelius’ death has been ruled a suicide, according to coroner’s officials.

The ruling was announced Tuesday (February 7) by the agency, which determined the cause of the “Soul Train” creator’s death after conducting an autopsy on Cornelius’ body last Friday. The coroner’s decision is the latest development to occur since Cornelius’ surprising death a week ago. The Associated Press reports that foul play was quickly ruled out by police, who responded to the situation after Cornelius’ son alerted them after receiving a call from his father.

The television host died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following years of health problems and going through a difficult divorce. On Saturday (February 4), about 100 fans remembered the broadcast pioneer by recreating a “Soul Train” line in Times Square. After 45 minutes of the crowd enjoying and participating in the gathering, authorities arrived to tell everyone to disperse.

As Cornelius’ family continues to mourn his passing, the former DuSable High School student’s son, Tony Cornelius, thanked fans while asking for privacy via a statement released last week.

“We thank all the well-wishers and the fans who have supported the “Soul Train” legacy. Love, Peace and Soul,” the statement said.

At this time, investigators are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests before issuing a final report on Cornelius’ death.

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