Posted January 6, 2014 by Unique in News

Updated: Will Smith Speaks On The Passing Of James Avery [Photo][Video]

James Avery, the actor who played the beloved Uncle Phil character on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” passed away last night at the age of 65 at a hospital in LA.

According to TMZ Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness and took a turn for the worse late yesterday. His wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time to get something to eat. When she came back, she learned he had just died.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s son on the show, shard the news on his Facebook page

The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he payed my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.

Avery has starred in a number of of TV shows through the years, such as”Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “L.A. Law,” and “The Jeffersons.” As the story still develops check out some of James Avery most rememberable moments on the fresh prince in the gallery above.

Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to Avery’s family and friends and to all those his touched over the years.


As many waited for the reaction of Will, after hearing about the passing of his TV dad James Avery, the former Fresh Prince Star has finally opened up saying that Avery made him a more “respectable human being.”