Contributed by Lauren Taylor
Jacqueline Avant, wife of Music Executive Clarence Avant, was fatally shot in their Beverly Hills home early Wednesday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, officers responded to a shooting around 2:30 a.m., when they arrived on the scene they found Avant, 81, with a gunshot wound. Chief Mark Stainbrook said she was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Hospital where she later passed away during a news conference Wednesday.
Stainbrook does not know all the details as of yet but he does believe that the attack wasn’t random. “The motives in this case are still unknown, and we’re investigating all possible motives, we will not speculate on anything that’s out there, including if this was a robbery attempt or not, ” said the chief.
He went on to confirm that both Clarence Avant and a security were present at the time of the shooting. They aren’t sure if anything was taken from the home but there are security cameras that will be able to provide evidence.
Jacqueline Avant was a known philanthropist in the L.A. area. Over the decades she contributed to the UCLA International Student Center and the South Central Community Child Care Center.
She married her husband Clarence Avant, legendary music executive who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, in 1967.
During the news conference Stainbrook read a statement shared by the Avant Family, reported by CNN. “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,” said Stainbrook. “She will be missed by her family, friends, and all of the people she has helped throughout her amazing life.
Those all over LA mourn the loss of the leader of the community, Jacqueline Avant. Sending love to her friends and family during this incredibly challenging time.