7. Don Cornelius: September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012
Don Cornelius will always be remembered as the creator of "Soul Train" which brought urban music to the masses. Cornelius began as a journalist during the Civil Rights era when he realized that there was no television outlet for soul music and the rest is history. Cornelius suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Many say that he had been in pain for years after surviving a 21-hour brain operation in 1985.