Clarence Avant, a legendary music exec who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a tragedy at home Tuesday night … a home invasion where his wife of 54 years — Jacqueline Avant — was shot and killed.

It happened in the Trousdale Estates … a high-end area neighboring Beverly Hills. Law enforcement tells TMZ, Beverly Hills PD got a call at 2:30 AM for a home invasion. The caller told the dispatcher someone had been shot. By the time they arrived, Jackie had already been rushed to a nearby hospital.

A family source tells us the people who broke into the house fired shots and hit Jackie. Clarence was home at the time. We do not know if he was hurt.

Jackie and Clarence’s daughter, Nicole Avant, is married to Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos. A Netflix spokesperson confirmed that Clarence was not injured.

Read more in TMZ.com.

Read more in THR.com.

Editor’s Note: Mrs. Avant was one of the nicest, most lovely ladies you could ever know. This is a tremendous tragedy. May Mrs. Avant Rest in Paradise. Heartfelt condolences to Clarence, Alex and Nicole.

Alex Avant, Ted Sarandos and wife Nicole Avant Sarandos, Clarence and Jackie Avant

The entire Avant and Sarandos families wish to thank you for the heartfelt condolences over the loss of our beloved
Jacquie. We feel incredibly blessed to have received the support, kindness and prayers over the last week.
As many have inquired, we have arranged the Jacqueline Avant Memorial Fund for the new MLK Children’s
Center in Watts, as per Jacquie’s wishes. More information and a donation section can be found on the MLK
Health and Wellness Development Corporation website: mlk-cdc.org .


The outpouring of love and support from around the globe has been felt and appreciated by all of us. We ask that
you please allow us some time and space to grieve as a family and continue to keep us in your thoughts and
prayers. We thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.


Plans for Jacquie’s memorial celebration shall be forthcoming after the holidays. We appreciate your continued
well wishes and prayers and wish all of you a very blessed holiday season.


With love and gratitude,
The Avant and Sarandos Families

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