Beverly Hills (Specila) — Jacqueline Avant, wife of music director Clarence Avant, was shot dead Wednesday in an apparent home invasion in Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills police say the shooting at 1100 Block Maytor Place was called at 2:23 a.m. Wednesday. When the officers arrived, they found a woman with a gunshot wound, and there were no suspects at the scene.
The woman was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but she did not survive. At an afternoon news conference, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stenbrook confirmed that the woman who was killed was 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant.
“The Avant family’s contributions to the world of entertainment and to better communities across Los Angeles are unparalleled,” said Stainbrook. He said the department is in touch with the family and offers their support and resources.
Avant was the wife of 90-year-old music CEO Clarence Avant and mother-in-law to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos. Clarence Avant, who was unharmed in the shooting, is known as the “godfather of black music” who has worked with the likes of Louis Armstrong, SOS, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Baby Face.
Stenbrook said Clarence Avant and a security guard were present at the time of the shooting, but that they were unharmed.
Stainbrook said he was asked to thank everyone for the messages of support and condolences on behalf of the Avant family.
“Jacqueline was a wonderful, philanthropic woman, wife, mother, and 55-year-old resident of Beverly Hills who made an incalculable positive contribution and impact to the arts community. Her family, friends, and all the people she helped throughout her wonderful life will miss her,” Stainbrook read from the Avant family statement .
Avantis has been married for 54 years. Danny Bakewell Sr., owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel black newspaper, says he is a lifelong friend of the Avant family and was “deeply pained” by the loss of such a beautiful person.
“Killing her in such a senseless way is unfathomable. There is no human being more kind and generous than Clarence and Jackie, and to violate their home and their lives in such a violent manner is intolerable,” he said in a statement.
Homicide detectives are at the house, which is located in the Hollywood Hills, between Coldwater Canyon and Laurel Canyon Boulevards.
“I can’t believe this is happening in our area,” said Vida Ardebichi, a neighbor who said she often sees 81-year-old Avant walking outside.
While the investigators finish tackling the scene, the investigation is far from over. Authorities said it was too early to determine the motive for the shooting. But in recent weeks, there has been an increase in Follow up on home thefts, that paid LAPD to issue an alert Last month. A number of celebrities, including a TV personality, took part Terence J and “real housewife” Dorit Kemsley.