Shemar Moore on 'Soul Train' Mentor's Passing

by LISA HIRSCH 10:13 AM PST, February 01, 2012
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Shemar Moore, who hosted Soul Train for five years starting in the late '90s, is commenting on original Soul Train host and show creator Don Cornelius' death.

"My heart is heavy after hearing the news of Don's passing," Moore tells ET.

"I can't imagine what his son, Tony, and extended family must be feeling.  I am truly sorry that such an iconic man has left us too soon.

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"Don Cornelius was responsible for a show that revolutionized the music industry, introduced the world to many of the biggest superstars of music, and showed generation after generation over 40 years how to keep it funky and get your groove on every Saturday morning on the 'hippest trip in America'...Soul Train.  It was truly my honor to continue the tradition and be a part of history by being given the opportunity by Don to host Soul Train for five years.

"I didn't dare try to fill his shoes because it just couldn't be done.  Don was the man!  And as always in parting, me and your Soul Train family wish you, Don -- love, peace and soul!  Rest in peace, my friend," Shemar concluded.

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Don Cornelius died Wednesday in Los Angeles of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75 years old.