LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Even in death, Jacqueline Avant continues to give back to the community.
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The family of the 81-year-old philanthropist on Friday released a statement asking that instead of sending flowers, donations be made to MLK Health and Wellness Development Corporation for the Jaqueline Avant Memorial Fund for the new MLK Children’s Center in Watts.
To donate on behalf of Avant, checks can be sent to PO Box 811473, Los Angeles, CA 90081 or by visiting mlk-cdc.org.
Avant was killed on Wednesday in a shootout at the house she shared with her husband, legendary music director Clarence Avant. Police say a parolee who was arrested in a Los Angeles home burglary shortly after Avant’s murder is the prime suspect.
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Her husband was widely known as the ‘godfather of black music’, having worked with musicians from Louis Armstrong to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, but Avant was never far on his side and was known for his philanthropic work throughout Los Angeles.
“I cannot express how extremely sorry I am at the loss of someone as beautiful as Jackie Avant,” Danny Bakewell Sr., owner of The Los Angeles Sentinel, said in a statement. “There are no human beings more kind and generous than Clarence and Jackie, and for their home and their lives to be violated in such a violent manner is unreasonable.”
She has served as chair of the Neighbors of Watts, a childcare support group in South LA, the board of directors of the International Student Center at UCLA, and the board of directors of the Wallis Annenberg Center. for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Avant was mourned ahead of Wednesday night’s “Love Actually Live” performance at Wallis, who said they were devastated by the “deeply sad news”.
“Jacquie was the kindest, most beautiful, humblest and most generous soul who loved and appreciated The Wallis,” Executive Director and CEO Rachel Fine said in the statement.
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A moment of silence was observed for Avant before the performance, which was dedicated in his honor.