Jacqueline Avant, wife of Motown Records’ Clarence Avant, killed in home invasion

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The 81-year-old philanthropist was shot during a robbery on Wednesday

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Music executive Clarence Avant’s wife Jacqueline Avant has been fatally shot during a home invasion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

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The 81-year-old philanthropist was killed in the early hours of today (December 1) in what is believed to be at least one unidentified assailant who was not at the site when officers arrived at the scene, Diversity has been informed.

It is not known at this stage whether Clarence – known as the ‘Godfather of Black Music’ – was injured in the incident (via) tmz,

Avants’ daughter Nicole is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and produced a 2019 documentary for the platform about her father titled The Black Godfather,

Beverly Hills Police Department told Diversity That the man who died early Wednesday resulted in a shooting in the 1100 block of Meyer Place in the Trousdale Estates area. Netflix later confirmed to the publication that Jacqueline was the victim.

Lieutenant Giovanni Trejo said in a statement: “The City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.”

Jacqueline was known for her philanthropic efforts, including being on the board of directors of UCLA’s International Student Center and serving as president of Watts’s Neighbors.

Her husband, Clarence, has been celebrated by artists including Jay-Z and Diddy for cultivating the careers of African American artists. He is best known for his work at Motown Records among other labels.

As a music executive, manager, film producer, label, and radio station owner, Clarence shaped the careers of Bill Withers, guitarist Dennis Coffey, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Darryl “La” Reid, and helped launch it. other.

Clarence was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October under the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to non-performing industry professionals who have “made a major impact on the creative growth and development of rock and roll and music”. Who has influenced youth culture”.

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