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James Avery dies: 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air's' Uncle Phil was 65

1 January 2014 10:53 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

James Avery, best known for playing "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" patriarch and Will Smith uncle, Philip Banks, has died at the age of 65. Reports indicate that the actor passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on the night of New Year's Eve (Dec. 31).

The first confirmation of the news came from Avery's "Fresh Prince" co-star, Alfonso Ribeiro, who posted a sad tweet on the morning of Jan. 1:

I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO

-- Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014

TMZ.com corroborated the news a short time later, adding the information that Avery had recently undergone open-heart surgery. He reportedly died of complications from that surgery.

In addition to his work on "Fresh Prince," Avery boasted a large number of acting credits over more than 30 years. He »

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