The undisputed Black Godfather of Music, Clarence Avant, has died.
According to TMZ, The legendary businessman passed away at his home in L.A. on Sunday, according to a statement from his kids, Nicole and Alexander, as well as his son-in-law, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
They said Clarence is leaving behind "a long family and a sea of friends and associates that have changed the world and will continue to change the world for generations to come. The joy of his legacy eases the sorrow of our loss."
Avant was the subject of a Netflix documentary that chronicled his life, rise to fame and musical contribution and showed how one man left a footprint on the music industry that has yet to be matched.
Avant's death comes just 19 months after his wife Jacqueline, who he married in 1967, was murdered. Mrs. Avant was shot in the stomach during a violent, targeted, home invasion.
Avant was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award. “There’s no way possible you can talk about Clarence Avant in four minutes,” Lionel Richie told the Rock Hall audience, referring to how long he had to give his induction speech. Instead, he listed the qualities that made Avant a success: “He’s a teacher. He’s a master communicator. He’s the perfect marriage between street sense and common sense. And what he did for us, and what I mean by us is the sons and daughters of the Afro-American community, he was the one that brought us to some understanding of what the music business was all about.”
Avant will be missed by his family and the entire music industry. He was 92.