Rest in Peace, Don Cornelius

We’re devastated to hear about the death of former Soul Train host and producer Don Cornelius, who passed away this morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, multiple news outlets report. He’ll be remembered not only as an incubator of talent in funk and disco — given that his Saturday afternoon show helped propel the careers of James Brown, Michael Jackson and a slew of other mega-pop stars — but also as a de facto curator of the best dance moves to ever grace national television. The Los Angeles Times and New York Times ran heartfelt encomiums this morning, describing Cornelius as the pop culture personality who “defined an era.” He’ll be mourned and missed:

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