Jackie Avant Shooting: Beverly Hills Police Make Arrest in Case

The philanthropist and wife of former Motown boss Clarence Avant was fatally shot in her home Wednesday

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Beverly Hills police have made an arrest in connection with the fatal shooting of Beverly Hills philanthropist Jackie Avant, according to multiple reports.

“It is a sad case, and although we are happy we have an arrest, I feel so bad for the family,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook told the Los Angeles Times Thursday.

Officials planned a 12:30 p.m. news conference to release additional details.

The shooting was reported at 2:23 a.m. Wednesday, in the 1100 block of Maytor Place, according to police. Paramedics transported Avant to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the 81-year-old was pronounced dead.

Jackie’s husband, former Motown boss Clarence Avant, is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Black Music” for helping to launch the careers of a long list of music stars, including Quincy Jones and Bill Withers.

Jackie Avant’s daughter, Nicole Avant, served as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas during President Barack Obama’s administration, and is the wife of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos. Nicole co-produced a 2019 Netflix documentary about her father’s life titled “The Black Godfather.”

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