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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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msshowme    

The problem I have is that he was forced to have her as a beneficary after a divorce WTF

957 days ago
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CCM1970    

It's amazing how comprehension skills are not used. READ THE DAMN ARTICLE IN IT'S ENTIRETY! Then you won't look so stupid!!!


"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..."

957 days ago
93.

Sdeonne    

300,000 that's all....I thought he was wealthier than that.

957 days ago
94.

Hey Jude    

suicide don't count, no insurance pay out, my brother committed suicide and my parents said that negates the policy

957 days ago
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Ann Clark    

It's a myth that if you commit suicide at anytime, your insurance company does not pay out. It might have been perpetrated by the insurance company and move/tv makers. In reality, many policies will pay out if the decedent killed himself two years or more after the purchase of the policy. So, if you want to commit suicide, read the policy, see how long you have to wait to do the deed, and do it after that.

957 days ago
96.

Daniel    

thought Suicides voided most life insurance policies....

957 days ago
97.

Gina    

WoW..thats some judge! If all of them were like this!! It sounds like the judge really like her! I don't agree with like decision at all! She probably was the one that killed him or had him killed! Just saying...I hope the judge feels bad about his decision!

957 days ago
98.

Shellfish    

That's what they get marrying these types of women.....

957 days ago
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Danita Johnson    

Why is it that every black male I know, in California, who married white women ended up committing suicide; and,she wanted nothing more than the money? This is some sick, sad stuff. But, men, have you not learned yet? Or, have you literally sold your souls to the devil???

957 days ago
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you read well...    

or maybe people should read the last sentence:
But Don had the policy for more than 2 years, so Viktoria --the woman he despised -- will get the loot

957 days ago
101.

ShaggaKhan    

Man! --- Don Cornelius ... DEAD. And from suicide? I was shocked to find out who he was married to! Don, say it isn't so. (Can't say ANYTHING now though - can you?)
Even more shocked to hear of his death ... by SUICIDE yet. We don't commit suicide. Well, Don created Soul Train --- but obviously he was just another cliche BM who gets money and goes trolling for their ultimate dream ... a white woman. And the bitch STILL got his money. Way to go Don. May GOD have mercy on your SOUUUUUULLLLL!

957 days ago
102.

Tam    

It says IN CALIFORNIA and the policy is more than two years old it pays out. He should have just canceled the policies.

957 days ago
103.

Pebblebeach    

WOW...Don was serious in ensuring the X wife inherited only what she was entitled to and nothing else...made sure his divorce was final before he died because if he died and the divorce wasn't final, she would have inherited everything and would have continued to collect going forward from everything "Soul Train"....and to make sure, he kills himself so that she will not collect on the insurance....what a mess of a divorce...RIP Don..

957 days ago
104.

Kevin    

Figures she is white.I guess Don really didn't like the sistas after all.

957 days ago
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MsRita    

LMAO HE WAS MARRIED TO A WHITE CHICK SO 70'S. HE DOES HAVE TWO SONS SO SHE IS DIVORCED MAYBE HIS WILL HIS BOYS GET EVERYTHING. SHE WAS A PAID HO ANYWAY SO THATS HOW IT MAY GO HO HO HO.

957 days ago
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