James Avery, Uncle Phil From ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel AIr,’ Dies At Age 65


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.”

His co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son Carlton Banks on the 1990’s hit show, posted a message to his Facebook and Twitter, confirming the 65-year-old’s death.

“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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