Jacqueline Avant, wife of music executive Clarence Avant, was killed in her Beverly Hills home after an invasion Wednesday morning. It is unclear if the home was targeted, and police continue to investigate.
Beverly Hills police officers were called to the Trousdale Estates neighborhood around 2:23 a.m. after they received reports of shots fired. They entered the home and found one victim with a gunshot wound. They transported her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. That victim was later confirmed to be Clarence Avant’s wife.
“The suspect(s) were no longer on the scene. Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the victim did not survive,” said a statement by the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Netflix confirmed Jacqueline Avant’s death in an email. Her daughter, Nicole, is married to the co-CEO of the company, Ted Sarandos.
Crime scene photos show that a window of the home was shattered during an invasion. An update from the BNPD said that officers continue to stay at the home while they investigate, and they are actively trying to understand what happened. According to reports, a security guard was at the home at the time of the invasion, but he was not injured, and it is unclear if he fired shots at the suspect.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said it was too early in the investigation to talk about possible motive. In a press conference, he released a statement for the Avant family.
They said, “The entire Avant family wishes to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support and condolences for Jacqueline Avant. Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother, philanthropist, and a 55-year resident of Beverly Hills, who has made an immeasurable positive contribution and impact on the arts community. She will be missed by her family, friends and all of the people she has held throughout her amazing life.”
Jacqueline Avant was well known in the Beverly Hills community. Known as Jackie by her friends, she was very involved in philanthropy and worked with many charities. She was president of the Neighbors of Watts support group and sat on the board of directors for the International Student Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Clarence Avant was known as a music legend in the entertainment world and was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was known as the “Godfather of Black Music,” and was very influential in the music industry. He mentored musicians such as Little Willie John, Terry Lewis and Bill Withers.
A Netflix documentary called The Black Godfather was recently released, and it documented his life in music.
The couple had been married since 1967 and had two children together.
Following Jacqueline Avant’s tragic death, many celebrities took to social media to share their grief about her passing. They shared fond memories about her and spoke to her strong character and love for those around her.
NBA legend Magic Johnson wrote, “She had a beautiful soul, kind heart, & always had a kind word for everybody. She was quiet, yet powerful, & very smart. We are crying for Clarence, Nicole, & Alex’s loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the entire family.”
He told his followers that he was devastated by the loss of Clarence Avant’s wife and called it the worst day of his life.
Former President Bill Clinton also took to Twitter to talk about the amazing friendship that he and Hillary Clinton had with Jacqueline Avant. “Jackie Avant was a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen & a dear friend to Hillary and me for 30 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “She inspired admiration, respect & affection in everyone who knew her. We are heartbroken. She will be deeply missed.”
Police continue to investigate the senseless death of Jacqueline Avant and the Beverly Hills Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the department.