Jacqueline Avant, Wife of Famed Music Exec Clarence Avant, Killed in Home Invasion
In SummaryJacqueline Avant, the wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was killed in a robbery at their Beverly Hills home early Wednesday morning.
Jacqueline Avant, 81 the wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was killed in a home invasion earlier today according to a report in TMZ.
In a report in Variety, the Beverly Hills Police Department has confirmed a shooting at that location resulted in a death early Wednesday morning around 2:30 am without reporting the name of the victim.
The report also details the Wednesday morning phone call by the Beverly Hills Police Communications Center, regarding a shooting on the 1100 block of Maytor Place in the Trousdale Estates area. According to the report, Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital who did not survive.
It is currently unknown if Clarence was injured, as he was reported to be at home during the time of the robbery.
There are no current suspects in this incident, and law enforcement agencies are investigating the scene currently.
UPDATE (6:20 P.M)
The Avant and Sarandos families have released a statement following today’s tragedy.
“The Entire Avant and Sarandos families wish to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support and heartfelt condolences for Jacqueline Avant. Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother and philanthropist and a 55 year resident of Beverly Hills who has made an immeasurable positive impact on the arts community. She will be missed by her family, friends and all of the people she has helped throughout her amazing life.”
Avant + Sarandos families
Support pour out on social media from political figures and entertainment professionals. California State Representative tweeted her shock of the news stating “I’m heartbroken by this morning’s news of this tragic and shocking murder. Mrs. Avant was a force of compassion and empowerment locally and nationally for decades, as well as a model of service and giving back to those who needed it most,” the tweet read.
Additionally, political strategist Donna Brazille and Academy Award winner Viola Davis expressed their condolences for the families loss joining a long list of other icons in their sentiments.
This is an ongoing investigation. More details will come as the story develops.
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