Fresh Prince's Uncle Phil Dies

James Avery was 65

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 1, 2014 12:47 PM CST

(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. "

Actor James Avery has reportedly died at age 65.
Actor James Avery has reportedly died at age 65.   (Kimberly Denisse)
James Avery starred as Uncle Phil on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'
James Avery starred as Uncle Phil on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'   (metalgearhead99)
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Clips from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Uncle Phil gets crazy.   (metalgearhead99)

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