The agency made the determination after conducting an autopsy on Cornelius’ body on Friday. Investigators are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests before issuing a final report.
Police quickly ruled out foul play after responding to the son’s tip after receiving a call from his father.
Cornelius, 75, started Soul Train in 1970. It became one of the longest-running syndicated shows in history, introducing audiences to many top music acts and providing a never-before-seen TV platform for black culture.
His son, Tony Cornelius, released a statement last week asking for privacy and thanking fans.
“We thank all the well-wishers and the fans who have supported the Soul Train legacy. Love, Peace and Soul,” the statement read, incorporating his father’s famous sign-off from the show.
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Since Cornelius’ death, thousands of fans have gathered in his honor to show “Love, Peace & Soul” by participating in some iconic Soul Train-style line-dancing.
Hundreds gather to line-dance in honor of “Soul Train” creator, Don Cornelius