Don Cornelius Remembered by Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle & More

Soul Train fans and music legends alike mourned the loss of the show’s creator, Don Cornelius, on Wednesday.

“It’s just so sad, stunning and downright shocking … a huge and momentous loss to the African-American community and the world at large,” the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, said in a statement.

Don Cornelius, Soul Train Creator, Is Dead

Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead Wednesday morning in his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home. He was 75.

He “died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” L.A. Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter tells PEOPLE. “Earlier this morning, paramedics had responded to his L.A. residence at the 12,600 block of Mulholland Drive. He was transported to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m. An investigation is ongoing.”