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Don Cornelius

Ex-Wife Scores Huge

Life Insurance Payout

2/1/2012 1:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Viktoria Chapman Cornelius
Don Cornelius
died with 2 life insurance policies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the ex-wife he hated will get all the money ... TMZ has learned.

Don's breakup with Viktoria Chapman Cornelius was brutal. He was convicted of domestic abuse and, according to him, she pepper sprayed him multiple times.

During the divorce in 2009, Don said in legal docs obtained by TMZ, 'I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die."

The divorce was indeed finalized later that year, but there's a provision in the settlement agreement that says Don must make Viktoria the beneficiary of both of his life insurance policies -- totaling around $300,000 in benefits.

Under California law, if a policyholder commits suicide within 2 years of the time the policy is issued, the company can deny payment. But Don had the policy for more than 2 years, so Viktoria -- the woman he despised -- will get the loot.


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Hmmm So he held out on the suicide just long enough for the payout? This article gets the side-eye from me. Something don't sound right.

1002 days ago

buzz kill    

He should have checked the calendar. Better yet move somewhere where nobody knows you and she would never know you died

1002 days ago

Cindy Yates    

Demi Moore needs to grow up and face the fact that she is old and will not getting any younger. Did she really think this marriage would last with the big age difference. Time to move on.

1002 days ago


Actually the insurance can pay out after two years. My brother in law committed suicide three weeks ago and his wife might get some money because of the two year clause in his insurance. It is not always automatically declined because of suicide. Look at your insurance policies and you might be surprised.

1002 days ago


Funny how a guy that was all about soul and black power in the 70's, had a white wife. Whats wrong with the sistas, Don?

1002 days ago

joe blow    

You will not get paid if the spouse kills themself, double losers

1002 days ago


Suicide does NOT negate the beneficiary getting paid unless there is a time clause that is not met. As long as the policy was in effect long enough, she will get paid. In this case, it sounds like she is finally getting her pay for pain & suffering.

1002 days ago


yeah I was sure that you could NOT COLLECT ON A POLICY where the person committed suicide... where is Harvey Levin the LAWYER?

1002 days ago

Tigers Wood    

I like stories with happy endings.

1002 days ago


Gotta love karma as it just bit this Racist Cornholio in the rear.

1002 days ago


To all those saying you can't collect on a life insurance policy if the COD is suicide. You can. There is this little thing called a period of viability, which in most cases is 2 years, where an insurance company will not pay out if it's suicide. After that, all CODs are fair game.
And for the record, I work for a life insurance company :)

1002 days ago

Eric in L.A.    

$300K is not a HUGE PAYOUT... Most people have more in life insurance. Wake up TMZ

1002 days ago


After reading this..From somewhere i heard...

1002 days ago


you post is horribly misleading,,, since when is 300,000 HUGE??!! I'M A "nobody middle class guy with a half a million in life ins. BFD

1002 days ago


So sad..for Mr. "Soul Train" to go out like very sad.

1002 days ago
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