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Don Cornelius And Wife

February 4, 2012 by staff 

Don Cornelius And Wife, Don Cornelius, producer and creator of “Soul Train,” passed away on Wednesday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Cornelius, a legend in the music industry, was 75-years-old.

After the dust settled from news of the tragic suicide, attention turned to his ex-wife, Viktoria Chapman Cornelius, with whom he had a troubled and turbulent relationship. After domestic violence issues and restraining orders, the two finally severed ties in 2010 after their divorce was legally granted.

In a freak foreshadowing during divorce proceedings in 2009 Don Cornelius said, “I am 72-years-old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die.” He wanted the rocky relationship to be behind him.

However, with Don’s passing, Viktoria is set to inherit $300,000 in benefits from two life insurance policies he had purchased, according to TMZ.

Under California law, if a policyholder commits suicide within two years of the policy being issued, the company can refuse to pay out. However, since Cornelius had the policies for more than two years, the money will be paid.

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