Clarence Avant: Business manager killed in home invasion

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jacqueline and Clarence Avant had been married since 1976

The wife of music industry mogul Clarence Avant was shot and killed on Friday morning during a home invasion in North Hollywood, California.

Jacqueline Avant, 68, was taken to hospital but pronounced dead before her husband came home, police said.

She and her husband were robbed by five people during the 8.25am attack.

The couple, who had been married since 1976, have three children.


Clarence Avant, 69, who founded the now-defunct supergroup Talking Heads, founded the music management company The Firm and has a contract with the record label Universal Music Group.

He was the boss of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) talent agency.

“His family is devastated,” CAA’s co-head Michael Kives said in a statement.

“Clarence and Jacqueline and their entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are all devastated.”

Michael Ovitz, who ran CAA under Mr Avant, said he was devastated by his death.

“RIP my friend,” Mr Ovitz posted on Twitter. “He was my business partner, my partner, my friend.”

Murder and attempted robbery

Two people were detained by police in the incident but later released.

The woman who called police in North Hollywood to report the attack was the only victim of the shooting, police said.

She escaped the residence after it was stormed by police.


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