Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant and mother-in-law of Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, was shot and killed during a terrifying home invasion.
According to TMZ, the tragic incident occurred on Tuesday, November 30, at the Avant's home in the Trousdale Estate near Beverly Hills. Law enforcement informed the outlet that someone called the Beverly Hills PD at 2:30 AM to report that someone had been shot during a break-in. By the time the police got on the scene, the 81-year-old had already been rushed to a hospital.
Clarence was reportedly home at the time, however it is unknown whether he was injured, per TMZ.
Jacqueline previously served as president of Neighbors of Watts and was on the board of directors for UCLA’s International Student Center.
Clarence, the founder of Sussex Records, is a legendary music executive and helped launch the careers of Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, L.A. Reid and Babyface. In October, the 90-year-old was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was given tributes by Barack Obama, Kamala Harris and more.
Clarence and Jacqueline — who married in 1967 — share two adult children: Nicole and Alexander. Nicole is the former United States Ambassador to the Bahamas and married to Ted Sarandos, the Co-CEO of Netflix. She was also a producer on a Netflix documentary about her father The Black Godfather.
In 2020, Nicole spoke lovingly about her parents — and their relationship. “Well, they’ve been married for 52 years, and my mom is really the one who brought to my father and our family the love and passion and importance of the arts and culture and entertainment,” the 53-year-old told NBC News at the time. “While my father was in it, making all the deals, my mother was the one who gave me, for example, my love of literature, my love of filmmaking, my love of storytelling.”