Nicole spoke about her parents’ relationship with NBC News following the release of Netflix’s documentary about her dad The Black Godfather, which she produced.
“Well, they’ve been married for 52 years, and my mom is really the one who brought to my father and our family the love and passion and importance of the arts and culture and entertainment,” Nicole said during the January 2020 interview. “While my father was in it, making all the deals, my mother was the one who gave me, for example, my love of literature, my love of filmmaking, my love of storytelling.”
“Her bringing that energy and her passion for the arts kind of kept my dad balanced,” she continued. “She’s the umbrella in his life.”
Editor’s note: This story was updated on Dec. 1 at 3:15 p.m. PT following a police press conference, which clarified that Jacqueline “Jackie” Avant died during a home invasion. The motive, including whether it was a robbery or burglary, is still unclear, police said.