Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Hollywood Murder of Music Mogul’s Wife: Police Chief Says Not A Random Attack, Not Clear If It Was a Robbery Attempt


It is too soon to classify the incident as a home invasion or a follow-home robbery, Stainbrook said, but he did not think it was a “random attack.” “The motives in this case are still unknown, and we’re investigating all possible motives,” he said. “We will not speculate on anything that’s out there, including if this was a robbery attempt or not.”

The above quote is from yesterday’s Los Angeles Times report about the murder of Jacqueline Avant, the beloved philanthropist and wife of music mogul Clarence Avant. Their daughter, Nicole, is married to Netflix chief Ted Sarandos.

Jackie Avant was shot to death in her Trousdale Estates home in the middle of the night. Originally the word was there was a “home invasion.” But now Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said in a press conference yesterday that he wasn’t so sure about that, that Avant’s killing wasn’t a random attack.

So what was it? How and why did Jackie Avant, one of the classiest and loveliest people you could meet, die? We can rule out ‘inside job.’ Her children are comfortably fixed and loved her immensely. It’s doubtful her devoted husband shot her unless he’s completely demented. And since he was just on TV being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we can guess that’s not the case either.

So we wait for more information. But obviously all is not what it seems in this peculiar and devastating death.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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