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Wife Of Legendary Music Executive Clarence Avant Murdered

Philanthropist and the wife of music icon Clarence Avant and mother-in-law to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, Jacqueline Avant, was fatally shot in her home early Wednesday, according to a Netflix spokesperson: “Yes, unfortunately we can confirm that Mrs. Avant was shot and killed early this morning.”

In a statement to CNN Los Angeles police said they responded to a call regarding a shooting at a home in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills, California at 2:23 a.m. where they discovered a woman had been shot. According to the BHPD: “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,”

Married in 1967 the Avants and had two children together. Clarence was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year and he was the subject of the 2019 documentary “The Black Godfather,” which looked at his political influence, musical legacy and work with musicians like Bill Withers and Babyface.

Following the news of her death, leaders in the Los Angeles community paid tribute to Avant.

“I’m heartbroken by this morning’s news of the tragic and shocking murder of Mrs. Jacqueline Avant,” Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) said in a statement.

“Mrs. Avant was a force of compassion and empowerment locally and nationally for decades, as well as a model of service and giving back to those who needed it most.””Cookie and I are absolutely devastated at the loss of one of our closest friends Jackie Avant.” “This is the saddest day in our lives.” Tweeted Magic Johnson.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Ken Kistler