Clarence Avant, a legendary music exec who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a tragedy at home Tuesday night … a home invasion robbery where his wife of 54 years — Jacqueline Avant — was shot and killed … TMZ has learned.
It happened in the Trousdale Estates … a high-end area neighboring Beverly Hills. Law enforcement tells TMZ, Beverly Hills PD got a call at 2:30 AM for a home invasion. The caller told the dispatcher someone had been shot. By the time they arrived, Jackie had already been rushed to a nearby hospital.
A family source tells us the people who broke into the house fired shots and hit Jackie. Clarence was home at the time. We do not know if he was hurt.
Jackie and Clarence’s daughter is Nicole Avant, who is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
Clarence is known as the Godfather of Black Music. He’s been regularly celebrated by the likes of Jay-Z and Diddy, L.A. Reid and Babyface. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame back in October.
Jackie served as the President of the Neighbors of Watts, a support group that focused on child care. She was also on the Board of Directors of UCLA’s International Student Center.
Jacqueline was 81.
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