The legendary Don Cornelius was found dead early this morning from a fatal gun shot wound.  Don Cornelius is famous for starting and hosting Soul Train which changed music and television way back the 70s.  Don Cornelius was known for giving the stamp of approval on many artist like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and many more.  The Soul Train line, scrabble board, and lip singing is all created by one man, Don Cornelius.  Thank you for all the wonderful episodes of Soul Train.

Don Cornelius -- who famously created "Soul Train" was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning ... and law enforcement sources tell us it appears he committed suicide.

We're told cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Law enforcement sources tell us ... Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.

We're told Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Soul Train" changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.