This is some sad news. I learned so much about black culture, soul & funk from this show, including watching reruns when I was older. From the New York Times:
Don Cornelius, the producer and television host who created the dance show “Soul Train,” was found shot dead in his Los Angles home early Wednesday morning in what appears to be a suicide, the Los Angeles Police Department and the county coroner’s office said. He was 75 years old.