February 1st, 2012
10:51 AM ET
As news spread that "Soul Train" legend Don Cornelius died Wednesday morning of a gunshot wound, fans and friends took to Twitter to express their grief and condolences.
The "Soul Train" host would sign off the show with the words "Wishing you love, peace and soul" and many, such as musician Rob Thomas and actor/rapper Ice Cube, honored Cornelius' memory by invoking his trademark phrase and tweeting "Peace, love and soul."
Others, such as Holly Robinson Peete, chimed in with memories of Cornelius as a friend:
Rapper Talib Kweli and ABC News' Robin Roberts shared a memory that many of us have, of watching Cornelius host the long-running hit television show "Soul Train":
Rev. Al Sharpton took to Twitter to express his grief over Cornelius' passing.
He added in a statement that he and Cornelius "maintained a friendship for the last 38 years."
The venerated producer "brought soul music and dance to the world in a way that it had never been shown. and he was a cultural game changer on a global level," Sharpton continued. "Had it not been for Don Cornelius, we would not have ever transcended from the Chitlin circuit to become mainstream cultural trendsetters."
Music industry heavyweight Quincy Jones echoed the sentiment in his statement."I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius," Jones says. "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. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don's family and loved ones."
R&B legend and record exec Smokey Robinson seconded Jones' statement that Cornelius left an indelible mark on the music industry.
"I regret hearing about the loss of Don Cornelius, it's a musical tragedy," Robinson said. "He brought exposure to black talent and a positive image to young black teenagers that had never been done before with his creation of 'Soul Train.' He was a friend and we mourn his loss."
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has also shared her shock at Cornelius' death, saying in a statement:
So as we remember Cornelius for his incredible work, we're offering up a clip of vintage "Soul Train" via YouTube, dated 1974:
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