Don Cornelius Killed Himself To Avoid Paying Life Insurance To His Ex-Wife
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StreetDose
February 2, 2012
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As you may know a life insurance policy commonly carries some stipulations and one of those stipulations is that in the act of suicide the insurance company can choose not to pay out on the policy.

However, every policy has its own rules and regulations.  It has been learned in Don Cornelius case, under California law if a policyholder commits suicide within two years from the date the policy was issued then the insurance company can deny payment to the beneficiary.  Unfortunately, Don had the policy for over two years, so it’s likely the beneficiary (Don’s ex-wife) will get the cash totaling around $300,000.

Don could not simply cancel the life insurance policy or change the beneficiary because it was a court ordered judgment that Don make his ex-wife, Viktoria Chapman Cornelius beneficiary of both his life insurance policies.  Obviously this must have angered Don so much that he tried to do anything to stop her from receiving a penny, even if it meant taking his own life.

Right now this is only speculation and no one know yet the exact reason why Don committed suicide, but it makes much more sense, because I couldn’t wrap my head around why a 75 year old man would commit suicide, well to avoid his estranged wife from getting rich off his death is the answer!!  Don was already having health issues and he likely knew his time was coming and wanted to seize the moment.

If this rumor is true then its shameful, especially since Viktoria may still reap the rewards.  I hope it was all worth it at the end of the day.  R.I.P. Don.

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Don Cornelius Shoots Himself Dead In California Home
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February 1, 2012
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The 75 year old Don Cornelius best known for hosting the infamous Soul Train back in the 70’s and early 80’s was found dead in his Encino, CA home on Mulholland Drive at around 4am.  The cause of death is being reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  There were no signs of foul play but the LAPD is still investigating.

Quincy Jones said, “I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius.  Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV there was Soul Train, that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don’s family and loved ones.”

No one knows exactly why Don took his life.  Rev. Jessee Jackson says he talked to Don a few days ago, but he didn’t seem upset!

What would make someone want to take their own life at 75 years of age.  Something doesn’t sound right about this story.  Anyway, rest in peace soul brother #1.  Don your legacy will live on forever and what you’ve done for the African-American community will never be forgotten.  Peace, Love, and Soul!!!

 

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