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Jacqueline Avant, Wife of Clarence, Killed in Home Invasion Robbery

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Jacqueline Avant, the 81-year-old wife of music industry legend Clarence Avant and mother of Nicole Avant, has been killed in a home invasion robbery, TMZ has reported. The Beverly Hills Police Department has confirmed to Variety that a shooting at that location resulted in a death early Wednesday, without reporting the name of the victim.

A phone call reporting the shooting was taken at 2:23 a.m. Wednesday morning by the Beverly Hills Police Communications Center, regarding a shooting on Maytor Place in the Trousdale Estates area of the city. Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, but said police said the victim did not survive. Detectives were described as still being on-scene by the BHPD, which is conducting an investigation and will hold a press briefing today.

The shooter was no longer on scene when police arrived at the site of the shooting, and no suspects were immediately taken into custody.

“The City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Police Department extends our deepest sympathies to the victim’s families,” said Lieutenant Giovanni Trejo.

Clarence Avant was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October, where he was feted by such figures as Barack Obama. He was the subject of a popular documentary, “The Black Godfather,” released by Netflix in 2019. The Avants’ daughter Nicole is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

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