Beloved actor James Avery has died after complications following open-heart surgery late Tuesday (Dec. 31), CNN reports.
Earlier today (Jan. 1), TMZ also reported that the actor most affectionately known for his role as Uncle Phil on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, died after enduring “surgery for an undisclosed illness and took a turn for the worse late yesterday.”
"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away," Ribeiro tweeted. "He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.
VIBE sends our condolences to the family and friends of James Avery.
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