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Don Cornelius Autopsy Report

'I Don't Know How Long

I Can Take This'

4/24/2012 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Don Cornelius autopsy report
Don Cornelius was in an extreme amount of pain in the days before his death ... and minutes before he shot himself, Don phoned his son and told him, "I don't know how long I can take this" ... this according to the autopsy report obtained by TMZ.

According to the report, the "Soul Train" legend had been experiencing seizures as a result of an aneurysm he suffered 15 years ago.

But Don's health took a dramatic turn for the worse in the last 6 months of his life ... and he became "very depressed about his failing health."

Don called his son at 3:00 AM on February 1 ... and warned his son, "I don't know how long I can take this." Don's son told him he'd rush right over ... and Don said he'd leave the back door open.

When Don's son arrived to Cornelius' Los Angeles home, he detected an odor of smoke and saw Don seated in a chair with a pistol in his right hand.

Don's son called 911 ... and paramedics treated the 75-year-old for a bullet wound to his right temple.

He was transported to a nearby hospital ... where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Don's son told cops he had no idea his father even owned a gun.

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Tesla_Consulting    

" Don's son told cops he had no idea his father even owned a gun. " Because Don Cornelius was a smart man.

822 days ago
17.

superbadnerves1    

I am very sad about losing Don I hope where he is there is no more pain but he wasstill a sell out

822 days ago
18.

dierdre    

To me this guy Don Cornelius was very weak...to outright kill youself....did anyone notice in the picture to the far right, he looks just like Bill Cosby.............

822 days ago
19.

justsaying    

You didn't think he owned a gun? He's an ex-cop. What did you think he owned, a water pistol?

822 days ago
20.

KicksandGiggles    

Isn't this a repeated story?? I could have sworn this verbatim story has already been run... Anyway... RIP DC

822 days ago
21.

dierdre    

this guy Don Corneluis was a very weak person to have killed himself....and did anyone else notice that in his picture on the far right, he looks just like Bill Cosby....Weird.............

822 days ago
22.

kesha    

I could never imagine the pain. RIP Don

822 days ago
23.

YouDontSay    

That is a horribly sad story that brought tears to my eyes. God bless him and I hope his son will be ok.

822 days ago
24.

NYclouds    

It is so sad to see people let the demon of depression get it's way... Something must be done about it, It's a silent killer...

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www.USCorpWorkForce.com

822 days ago
25.

bunny    

If anyone is struggling with severe medical pain and are thinking of suicide as a way out, contact the Richmond Clinic in Portland, OR. My doctor helps sick people commit suicide. It's legal here.

822 days ago
26.

squeakermama    

Always thought highly of Don but knowingly to have your son find you dead is twisted and not right. I can imagine he is haunted by thoughts of being there earlier.

822 days ago
27.

CriticXtreme    

Rest in Paradise DC and thanks for the memories!

822 days ago
28.

tucker    

Very, very sad. I hope the poor man is finally at peace.

822 days ago
29.

MP    

How heartbreaking for Mr. Cornelius' family to have him die in that manner. It's a shame that he felt that was his only option and that there is no legal euthanasia in this country for people who want to die on their terms.

822 days ago
30.

John Murphy    

the son smelled smoke what did don use to kill himself...a musket?

822 days ago
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