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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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I checked with various insurance companies, and they will payout on suicides.

891 days ago


Another American Tragedy: This man had such a positive impact on millions of people,yet he ended his life without the support of love,Peace or soul. As we keep connected with family and friends, this tragedy underscores the important quick reaction to the tell-tell signs of a broken spirit. If all could realize that to worry is a deadly sin,life would be less stressful and the small stuff would disappear. In his words, "Peace, Love, and Soul"... God Bless.

891 days ago

Sharon Housley    

Make sure you keep your paperwork up to date. Rest In Peace Mr Don Cornelius, you will be so missed.

891 days ago


I concur. TMZ how dumb are you. You can't collect insurance when there's a suicide, PERIOD. That's why he did it so the tramp couldnt get his money.


891 days ago


so what would have happened had he just stopped paying the premiums? He could have said "F-y0u" and that would have been that. or had he been sneaky, change the beneficiary toward the end

891 days ago


There's almost always a suicide claus in a life insurance policy. Other wise, there would be a lot more suicides.

891 days ago

Scarlet Moore    

What made him think that she would have ever given him the time of day in the first place without his money as a White woman. These black men cease to amaze me with becoming successul, and they have to go get their trophy white woman. Not saying that a black woman would not have done the same, but this is huge problem in the African American community.

891 days ago

WUSA9 News    

The pretty lady should have given her beau some good *****meat so that Cornelius would still be alive and enjoying a nice career. It really sucks that he is absent since he got soul train going really well. Ladies need to make their husbands ****s firm and horney. God put us on this earth to get laid and have a good time. If you got any tips, call our station at 202--895-5999 for details. Thank you for your service!

891 days ago


Maybe TMZ should check with Harvey before they post topics like this! I'm sure the wife can not collect due to suicide as being the cause of death. Maybe that's the reason way he killed himself?

891 days ago


Heartfelt condolences for the family of such an ICONIC trailblazer. His vision allowed us to see the beginning of many legendary careers and not to forget the incredible dance moves. Mr. Don Cornelius will surely be missed. Love...Peace...Soul!

891 days ago


why dem white womens always gettin dem papers from tha brothas. first it be Kobe and now dis white breezy. it dont matter cuz i still be dating dem white womens.

891 days ago


Yep, she will collect on those policies. Insurance Co's figure suicide into their actuarial tables and will pay out after 2 years of coverage

891 days ago


Suicide does not always negate life insurance payout - speaking from experience as I work in Insurance. - and $300K is NOTHING in Los Angeles. Hardly a big payout in El Lay. I didn't know he married a white woman...HMM

891 days ago

Top's Wife    

Thank you Don Cornelius. Praying for your family. My cousin and I along with a few friends had a dance group and we were on Soul Train in the 70's in Chicago.

891 days ago


Say What?!

891 days ago
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