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Jacqueline Avant, Wife of Record Executive Clarence Avant, Shot and Killed in Home Invasion


Jacqueline Avant, the 81-year-old wife of legendary record executive Clarence Avant, was shot and killed during a home invasion on Tuesday night.


TMZ reports that the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time at the Avant family’s home in Beverly Hills, California. Avant was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Clarence Avant was reportedly home at the time of the shooting, but his current condition is unclear.


In October of this year, Clarence was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which recognizes non-performing industry professionals. Known as the Godfather of Black Music, Avant founded Sussex Records (home to Bill Withers), and later served as chairman of Motown Records. He also was an executive producer of Save the Children, the now legendary documentary about the PUSH Black Expo held in Chicago in 1972.

Clarence and Jacqueline were married for 52 years. Their daughter, Nicole Avant, is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

This is a developing story…


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