The wife of a recording industry mogul, nicknamed “the godfather of black music”, was gunned down Wednesday during a nighttime intrusion into the couple's home in an upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills.
Jacqueline Avant, 81, was found by police at her home, fatally shot, Chief Mark Stainbrook told a press conference. of the police in Beverly Hills, a small town next to Los Angeles known worldwide for its celebrities, billionaires and luxury boutiques.
The victim was the wife of Clarence Avant, 90, a record industry figure whose talents were celebrated by stars like Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, and even by former US President Barack Obama.
The couple's daughter, Nicole Avant, is a former US diplomat who is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
During a press conference, Mr Stainbrook considered that the drama was not the result of a “random attack” but refused to speculate, refraining from calling the facts a “burglary. “Having gone bad like some local media.
According to the police chief, the motives for the homicide have not yet been precisely determined.
None of the other occupants of the luxurious mansion were injured, he said.
The TMZ site, specializing in celebrities and the first to report on the tragedy, mentioned the presence there of a security guard on which the armed intruder opened fire. Mr Stainbrook confirmed that a guard was “apparently” in the couple's house but declined to give further details.
Beverly Hills Police arrived at the scene on Wednesday shortly after 2 & nbsp; a.m.
” The suspect (s) were no longer present. Beverly Hills firefighters transported the victim to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the victim did not survive, “the statement added.
Basketball legend Magic Johnson and his wife reacted to the death of Jacqueline Avant,” one of our closest friends “, Whose disappearance” totally shocked them. “
” Jackie was the most delicious person. She had a beautiful soul, a big heart and always had a kind word, “the star said in her Twitter post.
Former President Bill Clinton also paid tribute to Ms. Avant,” a wonderful woman ”and“ a dear friend to Hillary and myself for 30 years ”.
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