Column: Don’t let the Shooting of Jacqueline Avant be Dragged into L.A.’s Sleazy Crime Politics.

Column: Don't let the shooting of Jacqueline Avant be dragged into L.A.'s sleazy crime politics.

At the age of 81, Clarence Avant’s wife, Jacqueline Avant, was slain in a home robbery.

In her home in Beverly Hills, California, the philanthropist and wife of the famed music entrepreneur were tragically murdered.


“The suspect(s) were no longer on the site,” the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. The person was taken to a nearby hospital by Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics. The victim, unfortunately, did not make it.”

The news of the shooting has also been verified by Netflix.

“Yes, tragically, we can confirm that Mrs. Avant was shot and died early this morning,” the streaming giant stated in a statement to CNN.

A number of notable people in the Los Angeles community have paid respect to the philanthropist since the news was disclosed.

“Cookie and I are terribly grieved by the passing of one of our best friends Jackie Avant,” basketball icon Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson tweeted. She was brutally slain in her own house last night. [emojis of a shattered heart and tears] (sic)” Today is the worst day of our life.

“I’m horrified by this morning’s news of Mrs. Jacqueline Avant’s terrible and horrific murder,” Congresswoman Karen Bass said in a statement.

“For decades, Mrs. Avant was a force of compassion and empowerment in her community and around the country, as well as an example of service and giving back to those in need.”

Clarence was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, and the Avants married in 1967.

The music businessman, dubbed “The Black Godfather,” was also the topic of a documentary released in 2019, which looked at his effect on the music industry and his collaborations with big-name performers like Bill Withers.