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Suspect arrested in death of Clarence Avant’s wife Jacqueline, 81, who was ‘shot and killed in robbery’

A SUSPECT was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday in connection with the death of music legend Clarence Avant's wife Jacqueline.

A man was arrested in the shooting death of the 81-year-old who was found dead in the couple's Trousdale Estates home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday morning, according to reports.

Cops responded just after 2.20am on Wednesday after Jacqueline was attacked at the $7.3 million home.

Sources reportedly told TMZ that the suspect had been tracked down after a day-long manhunt.

Police confirmed that high-powered music executive Avant and a security guard were in the home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac when the assailant or assailants broke in.

TMZ had reported that at least one suspect had made it into the home and a smashed door appeared to be the point of entry.

The security guard was also reportedly shot at but not struck.

Avant himself was not injured in the attack.

When officers arrived, they found a woman with a gunshot wound and there was no suspect at the scene.

Jacqueline was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but did not survive.

Officials have said that it is still too soon in their investigation to say whether the incident had begun as a home invasion or burglary.

However, they added that it is not believed to have been a "random attack."

The Beverly Hills police department is expected to hold a press conference later on Thursday with further updates.

Beverly Hills chief of police Mark Stainbrook on Wednesday told a press conference that he didn't "think that it’s a random attack."

“The Avant family’s contributions to the world of entertainment and to better communities across Los Angeles are unmatched,” Stainbrook added. 

Stainbrook said that he had been asked to send on thanks from the Avant family.

“Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother, philanthropist, and a 55-year resident of Beverly Hills who has made an immeasurable, positive contribution and 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,” Stainbrook read from the Avant family’s statement.


Clarence, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, is the subject of the Netflix original documentary, The Black Godfather.

With a name inspired by Clarence's nickname, the documentary looks at Clarence's life from being connected to Louis Armstrong’s longtime manager Joe Glaser, to his ties to Al Capone who helped Clarence launch his career.

"Anything that had to do with the rights of people, that tells you everything you needed to know about him," the documentary trailer says of Avant.

"He's just fearless, man. Absolutely fearless."

His daughter, Nicole Avant, who also produced the documentary, is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

Clarence has worked with the likes of Bill Withers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and L.A. Reid and Babyface throughout his illustrious career.

He had been married to Jacqueline for 54 years.

Bill Clinton was among those to pay tribute to Jacqueline on Tuesday.

Clinton said she was a “wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen & a dear friend to Hillary 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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Trailer for Netflix's The Black Godfather