Recording industry insider Clarence Avant, who garnered the nickname of the “Godfather of Black Music,” died at his Los Angeles home Sunday night, according to reports.

His death was announced by family members and reported by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was given.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Avant/Sarandos family announce the passing of Clarence Alexander Avant,” a quote from his family said in the Variety report. “Through his revolutionary business leadership, Clarence became affectionately known as ‘the Black Godfather’ in the worlds of music, entertainment, politics, and sports.”

Avant’s death comes about a year and a half after his wife, philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, was fatally shot by an intruder who entered their Beverly Hills home on Dec. 1, 2021.

Her killer, 30-year-old Aariel Maynor, was arrested and then found guilty of first-degree murder in April of 2022. Maynor was sentenced to 190 years to life in prison. 

Avant, who managed countless musical talents, and advised producers and artists, was the subject of the 2019 Netflix documentary “The Black Godfather.”

Clarence Avant leaves behind daughter Nicole, who is married to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and son Alexander.

“Mr. Avant gave so much to Los Angeles — producing a sound that influenced generations while ceaselessly fighting for civil rights,” L.A. Mayor Karen Bass said.

Former President Barack Obama called Avant one of his “favorite people.”

“He exemplified a certain level of cool and street smarts that allowed him to move confidently into worlds that nobody had prepared him for, never doubting he could figure it out,” Obama said in a joint statement with Michelle Obama. “Clarence was part of a generation that served as a bridge from a time when there was very little opportunity for Black people to a time when doors began to open. He demanded the world make room, and he paved the way for the rest of us. Michelle and I will always be grateful for Clarence’s friendship and wise counsel.”