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James Avery, Uncle Phil from 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' dies

James Avery was recovering from open heart surgery in an Glendale, Calif. hospital.
Posted By Veronica Linares   |   Jan. 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM   |   Comments

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- James Avery, famous for playing Uncle Phil in the hit 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on New Year's Eve after undergoing a surgical procedure. He was 68.

TMZ reports that Avery was in an Glendale, Calif. hospital recovering from open heart surgery. His wife Barbara left his bedside for a short period of time and found him dead when she returned.

Alfonso Ribeiro -- who played Avery's son on Fresh Prince -- remembered his TV dad on social media after learning about his passing.

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

After starring on the NBC hit show from 1990 to 1996, Avery made appearances in TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, The Closer, L.A. Law, and The Jeffersons.

[TMZ]

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