Jacqueline Avant, wife of music director Clarence Avant, shot dead in home burglary – .

Jacqueline Avant, wife of music director Clarence Avant, shot dead in home burglary – .

Police suggested Avant may have been targeted.

“I don’t think this is a random attack, but I can’t speculate on that at the moment,” Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Chief Mark Stainbrook said at a conference. press Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect or suspects are on the run and the motive is still unknown, Stainbrook said. An investigation is underway.

Stainbrook also read a statement shared by the Avant family.

“Jacqueline was an extraordinary wife, wife, mother, philanthropist and Beverly Hills resident for 55 years who made immeasurable positive contribution and impact to the arts community,” said Stainbrook. “She will be missed by her family, friends and everyone she has helped throughout her amazing life. ”
The Avant were married in 1967 and had two children together. Clarence Avant was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. He was the subject of the 2019 documentary “The Black Godfather,” which examined his political influence, musical heritage, and work with musicians like Bill Withers and Babyface.

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

“I am sorry to learn this morning of the tragic and shocking murder of Ms. Jacqueline Avant,” MP Karen Bass (D-CA) said in a statement. “Ms. Avant has been a force of compassion and empowerment locally and nationally for decades, as well as a role model of service and giving back to those in need most. ”

“Cookie and I are absolutely devastated by the loss of one of our closest friends, Jackie Avant,” Magic Johnson tweeted. “It’s the saddest day of our lives. “

Sarah Moon of CNN contributed to this story.


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