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Dolores Mohawk, Sam Cooke’s ex-wife

Dolores Mohawk

Dolores Mohawk is the ex-wife of Sam Cooke. Mohawk’s ex-husband, Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Considered to be a pioneer and one of the most influential soul artists of all time, Cooke is commonly referred to as the “King of Soul” for his distinctive vocals, notable contributions to the genre, and high significance in popular music. Dolores Mohawk was Sam Cooke’s first wife.

Dolores Mohawk: Profile Summary

Name Dolores Mohawk
Famous as Ex-wife of Sam Cooke
Date of Birth Tuesday 16 Sep 1930
Birthplace United States of America
Age at time of death 28 years old
Date of Death 26 Mar 1959
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Children Joey

Cooke was married twice. His first marriage was to singer-dancer Dolores Elizabeth Milligan Cook, who took the stage name “Dee Dee Mohawk” in 1953. Born on Tuesday 16 Sep 1930 in the United States of America Dolores Mohawk is the ex-wife of Sam Cooke. She was born to her parents Joseph P Mohawk and Mary A Mohawk. Dolores had one sibling: Joseph P Mohawk. She was a Fowler High School graduate

Dolores Mohawk and Sam Cooke tied the knot on October 19, 1953. They got married in a beautiful ceremony in the presence of their friends, family, and loved ones. The couple called their marriage a quit in 1958. They were married for 5 years. There is no detail of how the two former love birds meet, fall in love, and get married. After divorcing Sam, Dolores moved to Fresno.

Dolores Mohawk was 28 years old at the time of her death. She was killed in an auto collision in Fresno, after a night of drinking California in 1959. Although he and Dolores were divorced, Cooke paid for his ex-wife’s funeral expenses. She was survived by her son Joey.

In November 1958, Dolores Mohawk’s ex-husband, Cooke was also involved in a car accident en route from St. Louis to Greenville. His chauffeur Edward Cunningham was killed, while Cooke, guitarist Cliff White, and singer Lou Rawls were hospitalized.

In 1958, Dolores Mohawk’s ex-husband, Cooke married his second wife, Barbara Campbell (1935–2021), in Chicago. His father performed the ceremony. They had three children, Linda (b. 1953), Tracy (b. 1960), and Vincent (1961–1963), who drowned in the family swimming pool. Less than three months after Cooke’s death, his widow, Barbara, married his friend Bobby Womack. Womack sexually abused Cooke’s daughter, Linda. Linda married Womack’s brother, Cecil Womack and they became the duo Womack & Womack.

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Sam Cooke, Dolores Mohawk’s ex-husband was killed at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel, in South Central Los Angeles, California, located at 91st and Figueroa Ave. Answering separate reports of a shooting and a kidnapping at the motel, police found Cooke’s body. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which was later determined to have pierced his heart. The motel’s manager, Bertha Franklin, claimed to have shot him in self-defense. Her account was immediately disputed by Cooke’s acquaintances.

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The motel’s owner, Evelyn Carr, said that she had been on the telephone with Franklin at the time of the incident. Carr said she overheard Cooke’s intrusion and the ensuing conflict and gunshot. She called the police to request that officers go to the motel, telling them she believed a shooting had occurred.

The official police record states that Franklin fatally shot Cooke, who had checked in earlier that evening.




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