July 4, 2022

Music legend Clarence Avant’s wife Jacqueline Avant was shot dead

Los Angeles – Jacqueline Avant, wife of music executive “”Godfather of black music, “He was shot and killed at the couple’s home early Wednesday morning.

Beverly Hills police responded to calls related to the shooting at 2:23 a.m. at Jacqueline and Clarence Avant’s home, according to a news release with the address. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital by paramedics but did not survive, police said.

A Netflix spokesman confirmed to NBC News that Jacqueline Avant had been shot dead. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is Jacqueline’s nephew.

The suspects were not at the scene when officers arrived.

The inquest into Jacqueline’s death is still in its infancy, two law enforcement agencies familiar with the case told NBC News. Sources said it was not yet clear whether his house was targeted or a possible crime.

Jacqueline Avant, once a model at the Ebony Fashion Show, married Clarence Avant in 1967, and the couple had two children. Their daughter Nicole Avant She added pride to her mother for helping her father balance In the 2019 documentary “The Black Godfather.”

“Well, they have been married for 52 years and it was my mother who brought the love, interest and importance of art and culture and entertainment to my dad and our family,” Nicole said in 2019. “When my dad was in it, when all the deals were done, what my mom gave me was, for example, my love of storytelling in my literature, filmmaking.

In Clarence’s life he called his mother the “umbrella”.

Clarence Avant, who also serves as manager, producer, and mentor, is credited with influencing the beginnings of some of the most remarkable black musicians of all time, including Bill Withers.

Clarence Avant was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, with Lionel Richie delivering a speech in his honor at the ceremony. Richie called him a “teacher” and a “master communicator”.

“He gave us some insights into what he did for us, the sons and daughters of the Afro-American community, and what the music business is all about,” Richie said.

Clarence called former President Barack Obama one of his favorites during a video tribute broadcast last month.

“It’s a bridge between Clarence et al., When they really did not have the opportunity to open doors,” Obama said. “In politics, in business, in the arts, they led the way in saying, ‘No, give us space.'”

This is a growing story, check back for updates.

Andrew Blankstein Contributed.