Don Cornelius -- I Want to Die Alone

7/20/2009 9:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don Cornelius Don Cornelius has made it clear he does not want to die ... married.

The "Soul Train" king was so desperate to get a divorce from his ex-wife Viktoria, that he actually put the following lines in divorce papers he submitted to L.A. County Superior Court:

"I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die."

The judge must have seen things Don's way -- the divorce was granted a couple of weeks ago.