Jacqueline Avant, wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was shot and killed during a home invasion in the Beverly Hills area. She was 81.
Clarence Avant, was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and was at home with his wife of 54 years when at least one suspect forced entry into the residence, TMZ reports.
The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Trousdale Estates, an affluent area of Beverly Hills. A 911 caller told the dispatcher someone had been shot. Mrs. Avant was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
A family source tells TMZ the people who broke into the house fired shots and hit Jacqueline Avant. Clarence Avant, 90, was not injured.
Jackie and Clarence’s daughter is Nicole Avant, who is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
Clarence, who owned various record labels and managed bold name artists, is affectionately known as the Godfather of Black Music.
He executive produced the film Save the Children, which was filmed at Jesse Jackson‘s Operation PUSH Black Expo in Chicago in 1973.
On October 7, 2016, Avant received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jackie served as the President of the Neighbors of Watts, a support group that focused on child care. She was also on the Board of Directors of UCLA’s International Student Center.