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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Don Cornelius dies: Magic Johnson discusses owning, dancing on “Soul Train”

Don Cornelius, host of “Soul Train,” has died at the age of 75, prompting random cries of his signature “Soooooooooooouuuuul Train” as a tribute in offices everywhere.

Magic Johnson bought the show, a decision he discussed in a 2011 appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” And he swears it isn’t because he danced on in an episode as a youngster. (He wasn’t all that bad; when it comes to superstar athletes dancing badly, Tom Brady has that title nailed down.)

(Video of Johnson explaining the purchase and dancing after the jump.)

“Don Cornelius was a pioneer & a trailblazer. He was the first African-American to create, produce, host & more importantly OWN his own show,” Johnson tweeted today. “Soul Train taught the world how to dance! I thank him for trusting me with his Soul Train brand and I will carry on his legacy through it. Don’s contribution to us all is immeasurable. My condolences to his son & my good friend Tony Cornelius & the entire Cornelius family.”

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