Clarence Avant, known as the “godfather of black music,” sadly passed away two years after his wife Jacqueline Avant was shot and killed in a burglary at their Beverly Hills home.
Discover why the death of Clarence Avant’s wife, Jacqueline, will never be forgotten after her impact on black culture that led to Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story being dedicated to the philanthropist.
Who was Clarence Avant’s wife Jacqueline?
Clarence Alexander Avant was a 91-year-old American music executive, businessman and film producer who passed away gently on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at home in Los Angeles.
The sad news comes almost two years after his wife, Jacqueline Avant, was shot and killed in a burglary at their Beverly Hills mansion.
She worked as a hospital technician and a phlebotomist in New York City, according to The Hollywood Reporter, along with a model at Johnson Publishing Company’s Ebony Fashion Fair annual runway show, where she met her husband just as her modeling career was beginning to take off while he thrived as a music executive, producer and executive director , and entrepreneurs.
Jacqueline Avant was born on March 6, 1940 in Jamaica Queens, New York and was 81 years old at the time of her unfortunate death on December 1, 2021.
Tragedy struck when Jacqueline Avant was shot dead in a violent burglary while she was at home with her husband Cops found her holding her head According to the New York Times, she was lying on the ground after being shot. In April 2022, the killer was sentenced to 190 years in prison.
The couple had been married to Clarence Avant since 1967 and had two children named Nicole Avant, a producer and political activist, and Alexander Devore Avant.
On August 5, 2023, Nicole Avant wished her parents a happy anniversary Instagram postcelebrates 56 years of marriage.
Jacqueline Avants Impact on Black Culture
Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant had helped unite the world of black politics and entertainment, and the crime in which she was killed shocked the nation and Hollywood publicly mourned the loss.
“Lots of courage, gratitude and grace – these are the adjectives for Jacquie.”
Nicole Avant told PEOPLE about her mother:
“She was a philanthropist before it became popular to become a philanthropist and say you were one.”
Over the years, Jacquie Avant was involved in many charitable bodiesincluding the UCLA International Student Center (now the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars), the National Organization for Women’s Entertainment division, and the Neighbors of Watts, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Those close to the couple described Jacqueline Avant as a quiet force who helped her husband unite influential figures from the world of sport, entertainment and politics, mostly for the benefit of the less fortunate.
The Netflix series Queen Charlotte was dedicated to Jacqueline Avant
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is a 2023 Netflix historical drama dedicated to Jacqueline Avant.
Jacqueline and Clarence’s daughter, Nicole, who served as the former US ambassador to the Bahamas, is married to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
Shonda Rhimes, creator of the Bridgerton series revealed that Avant was the inspiration for the Queen Charlotte Spin-off in a statement received from DigitalSpy:
“But the real pusher was Ted Sarandos, who called me and said, ‘My mother-in-law is obsessed with Queen Charlotte.’ Do you want to do a Queen Charlotte story?’ And I immediately said yes. Not just because it was Ted, but because I liked the idea.”
The show’s premiere episode, “Queen to Be,” features a dedication to Jacqueline Avant when she finally appears on screen.
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