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.   (Kimberly Denisse)
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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