Don Cornelius, the producer and television host who created the dance show "Soul Train," was found shot dead in his Los Angeles home early Wednesday morning in what reports are saying appears to be a suicide. He was 75.
Here's where the story takes a an even bigger turn... reports say it was a suicide but there was no suicide left. Not only that, 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!
During the divorce in 2009, Don said in legal docs,
'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.....Sources say Don had the policy for more than 2 years, so Viktoria, his ex-wife that he despised, will get the money.
Don Cornelius' show, "Soul Train" was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history.