Don Cornelius Death Ruled A Suicide

Don CorneliusThe coroner’s officials ruled Don Cornelius’ death a suicide, nearly a week after the “Soul Train” creator and host killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

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.