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 our sources.
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.