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Don Cornelius’ Death: 19 Stars React

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The death of Don Cornelius came as a blow to the entertainment community.  Here’s what people are saying:

Aretha Franklin:  “God bless him for the solid good and wholesome foundation he provided for young adults worldwide and the unity and brotherhood he single-handedly brought about with his most memorable creation of ‘Soul Train’.  [He was] an American treasure.”

Quincy Jones:  “I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius.  Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business.  Before MTV there was ‘Soul Train’.  That will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius.”

Magic Johnson:  “Don Cornelius was a pioneer and a trailblazer.  He was the first African-American to create, produce, host and more importantly OWN his own show.  ‘Soul Train’ taught the world how to dance!”

Ginuwine:  “I still remember my first time on ‘Soul Train’.  What an experience.”

Russell Simmons:  “Don Cornelius gave artists who had been segregated from most mainstream vehicles of expression a chance to perform in front of a huge national audience. It was a tremendous opportunity that changed their careers and the whole music industry.”

Patti LaBelle:  “[He was] simply a genius, and the contributions he made to music and our culture are second to none.”

Jackie, Tito and Marlon Jackson:  “A transformative figure in music and television.  Behind his baritone and graciousness lurked a revolutionary who completely changed the way black performers were included on broadcast TV.  We owe a tremendous debt to Don, and our prayers are with his family.  We will never forget him.”

Stevie Wonder:  “The first time I ever did ‘Superstition’ was on his show, so it’s a sad moment . . . Everyone of various ethnicities watched ‘Soul Train’ so it was a great thing.”

Arsenio Hall:  “Since the year I landed in this town . . . he has been one of my ‘Hollywood mentors’ . . . and loyal friend.  There is NO soul in my bowl this morning!”

Rihanna:  “R.I.P Don C.”

Diddy:  “Love Peace and Soul – RIP Don Cornelius.”

Ice Cube:  “Rest in Peace, Love & Soul . . . Don Cornelius.”

Marlon Wayans:  “A legend, a pioneer, a genius.  In your immortal words ‘love peace and soul’ make God boogie.”

DJ Jazzy Jeff:  “RIP Don Cornelius . . . Thank You for all you have done for us.”

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins: “Sad to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius of ‘Soul Train’ fame.  Grateful to him that he turned me on to so much great music.”

Slash:  “Really sorry to hear the news about Don Cornelius.  He was quite the maverick in his time.  ‘Soul Train’ had a tremendous impact.  Sad.”

Jon Lovitz:  ”He was a super nice man.  Had many nice talks with him at the golf range.  RIP.”


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