The American music producer and businessman Clarence Avant is dead. According to US media, the music legend known as "The Black Godfather" died last Sunday (August 13) at the age of 92 at his Los Angeles estate. "It is with a heavy heart that the Avant/Sarandos family announces the passing of Clarence Alexander Avant," quoted Variety from a statement by the bereaved, his children Nicole and Alexander, and son-in-law Ted Sarandos.
The statement continued: "Through his revolutionary leadership, Clarence has become known affectionately as 'The Black Godfather' in the world of music, entertainment, politics and sports. Clarence leaves behind a loving family and a sea of friends and companions, who changed the world - and will continue to change it for generations to come. The joy of his legacy eases the pain of his loss."
As an influential music producer, Avant steered the fortunes of big stars for decades, including with the world-famous label Motown Records. His close friends and admirers also included rappers Jay-Z (53) and Sean "Diddy" Combs (53). In 2016, Avant received a star on the Walk of Fame and two years later received an honorary Grammy. When he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, former President Barack Obama (62) spoke about the immense influence that Avant had on the music industry.
In December 2021, Avant and his family had to cope with a heavy blow of fate. Jacqueline Avant, to whom the music legend had been married since 1967, fell victim to a violent crime. She was shot by a burglar in her Beverly Hills home, according to Variety at the time.
Jacqueline Avant was known for her charity work. Former US President Bill Clinton (76) released a statement via social media after her death: "Jackie Avant was a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen and a dear friend to Hillary and me for 30 years," he explained. "She inspired admiration, respect and affection from all who knew her. We are heartbroken. She is greatly missed."