James Avery “Uncle Phil” Dies At The Age of 65

James Avery and his wife James Avery and his wife

Actor James Avery just passed away at the age of 65.  Avery played the character of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  The cause of death is the complications obtained from having an open heart surgery.  His wife Barbara was with him until the time that he died in a hospital in Glendale, California.  One of his co-stars of the show, Will Smith, was devastated by the news.  A source close to Will released a statement saying:

“Working with James was a big part of his life.. in fact, James was something of a father figure to Will. He’s devastated by the death.. James will be sorely missed.”

James Avery and the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air James Avery and the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, also expressed his condolence through Facebook.  She posted:

“Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend. James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince has passed. Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him.”

Condolence to the family of James Avery!

Will you miss him?

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