TMZ reports cops discovered the body at around 4 a.m PST. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.
TMZ reports Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
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Officials have notified his family. He was 75.