James Avery was reportedly suffering from a series of medical problems before his death. According to TMZ, the actor best known for his role as Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, was suffering from severe coronary heart disease, end-stage kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.
Avery passed away at 65 on New Year’s Eve in a Glendale hospital about seven weeks after an open-heart bypass surgery following a heart attack. The official cause of death was said to be cardiorespiratory arrest.
The death certificate also shows that the 68-year-old thespian was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the ocean off the coast of his hometown Los Angeles.
His Fresh Prince co-stars, including Will Smith, expressed their condolences.
"Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery," Smith wrote on his Facebook. "Every young man needs an Uncle Phil."
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