Fresh Prince's Uncle Phil Dies
James Avery was 65
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2014 12:47 PM CST
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(Newser) James Avery, who memorably starred as Will Smith's gruff Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died at the age of 65, TMZ reports. Avery had reportedly recently undergone open heart surgery, and died from complications in a Los Angeles hospital last night. His wife Barbara had briefly left his side, reports TMZ. "The world has lost a truly special man," said Alfonso Ribeiro in a Facebook post. "Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed. "

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Gemini528
Jan 3, 2014 12:41 AM CST
Damn, Uncle Phil......rip
DIVADCR
Jan 2, 2014 8:25 PM CST
He was genuinely a nice gentle giant, he will be missed, RIP, gone too soon. something such as this reminds us to stop and slow down, take in the day because tomorrow's not promised to anyone., and before you know it its gone.
justreading1
Jan 2, 2014 11:07 AM CST
So sad to hear this news. My codolences to his family, and tv family. Like others, I truly enjoyed watching you on Fresh Prince of Bel Air.