"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius has died of a gunshot wound to the head at age 75 in Los Angeles, California. Police found the bloody body of Don Cornelius inside his Sherman Oaks mansion in the 12000 block of Mulholland Drive. "The death was reported as a suicide," said L.A. coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter, though it is unknown why Cornelius would have killed himself.
Don Cornelius died with two life insurance policies worth a small fortune. Cornelius' AIG Sunamerica policy states that, if the policyholder took his own life TWO YEARS after taking out the insurance, his beneficiary will be paid in a cash lump sum.
Today's alleged "suicide" took place two years plus a few extra days after the life insurance policies were signed, making many fans believe that Don Cornelius was murdered. Many of us are saddened and simply speechless. Cornelius had two children but, oddly, the ex-wife (who put him in jail on felony charges after pepper-spraying him) is the sole beneficiary on his life insurance policies.