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Suspect Arrested In 'Godfather Of Black Music' Clarence Avant's Wife Jacqueline Avant's Shocking Murder

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Dec. 2 2021, Published 3:26 p.m. ET

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Authorities have arrested a suspect in the tragic shooting death of music icon Clarence Avant’s wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Avant.

A family source spilled to TMZ that a man has been taken into custody on Thursday, December 2, in connection to the 81-year-old’s murder. The Beverly Hills Police Dept. will hold a press conference later today to reveal more information regarding the arrest.

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OK! reported, a 911 call came in around 2:30 AM on Wednesday, December 1, reporting shots were fired at the duo’s Trousdale Estates home, just outside celeb enclave, Beverly Hills, California. The caller told police someone had been struck during the gunfire.

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According to the report, when police arrived they “discovered a victim with a gunshot wound.” The victim was transported to a nearby hospital by Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics.

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The armed intruder smashed through a broken glass in the couple’s mansion, opened fire, striking Jacqueline. Clarence — known as the Godfather of Black Music — was home at the time and was not injured. A private security guard was also on duty at the Avant residence and was shot at, but was left uninjured.

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Jacqueline served as president of childcare group Neighbors of Watts and was on the Board of Directors of UCLA’s International Student Center.

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Following her death, former President Bill Clinton released a statement, saying, “Jackie Avant was a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen & a dear friend to Hillary [Clinton] and me for 30 years. She inspired admiration, respect & affection in everyone who knew her. We are heartbroken. She will be deeply missed.”

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Clarence was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October, where VP Kamala Harris introduced him, and he frequently rubs elbows with music elites, such as Jay-Z, P. Diddy, L.A. Reid, and iconic music producer Babyface.

Clarence and Jacqueline share two children, daughter, Nicole, 53, and son, Alexander, 50. Nicole is married to Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos and produced the prolific documentary about her dad, The Black Godfather, for the streaming giant.

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