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'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Remembered on ABC's 'The View' (Video)

Whoopi Goldberg announced the breaking news of his death during Wednesday’s broadcast, prompting Sherri Shepherd to reminisce about the early days of the musical variety show.

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News of Don Cornelius’ tragic death rocked Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 1, but it also prompted fond memories of the iconic variety show he created back in 1971.

“I don’t really know very many people of a certain age who don’t remember Soul Train,” said Whoopi Goldberg during The View. “I know that everybody danced in the room.”

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Soul Train was like, this was the show for black people when you wanted to learn how to dance, they had the Soul Train line,” co-host Sherri Shepherd added. “ When he created it, it was in Chicago. My aunts danced on Soul Train.”

“It’s a huge loss,” said Goldberg.

Cornelius’ body was discovered by a family member at around 4 a.m. in his Encino home on Mulholland Drive. He was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of “an apparent suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told The Hollywood Reporter. Winter said the department is investigating.

Watch the clip from The View below.