don cornelius*From Soul Train flash mobs to You Tube posts on Facebook, sentiments are still high over just how much Don Cornelius contributed to pop culture and how greatly he will be missed.

The stark irony is that the very private Don Cornelius is now the topic of much public conversation about his business acumen and indomitable personality.

Steven Ivory tells EURweb’s Lee Bailey:

“That was the thing about Don Cornelius, he was a fierce protector of that show that he created.  It did not matter what I wrote about Soul Train, I could write that Soul Train was the greatest thing since bread and water, and he would call me up about one line that he found questionable.  This is the way that he was and the way that he protected his product.  You could only have respect for the guy who so ardently protected what he created.  He was a clear, clear success.”

Steven Ivory and Lee Bailey talk candidly about their friend and colleague in this exclusive audio:

According to reports, Don Cornelius’ son Tony has stated that although his father was in poor health, there was no indication that he was suicidal.  Mr. Cornelius’ death on February 1st 2012 due to a self inflicted gunshot wound came as a surprise to all.  An observance of Don Cornelius’ life has been planned for February, 17. Specifics are pending.