James Avery passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 31st).
The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air star died due to complications from open heart surgery, Global Grind reports.
He was 65.
Avery‘s death was confirmed by on-screen ‘Fresh Prince‘ son Alfonso Ribeiro who took to Twitter to pay his respects.
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
Tatyana Ali, who also starred in the hit comedy series, was also upset by the sad news.
James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We’re feeling his loss very deeply. He’ll always be apart of me #JamesAvery
— Tatyana Ali (@TatyanaAli) January 1, 2014
Fans can see him one more time in the upcoming Zach Braff movie ‘Wish I Was Here‘. Zach also took to Twitter to address the actor’s death.
James Avery was a very funny and smart man. He did a cameo as a favor to me in WIWH and had the entire set rolling with laughter. RIP.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 1, 2014
James Avery is survived by his wife Barbara and a stepson.
Rest in peace Uncle Phil.
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