Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Nearly a week after Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Alfonso Ribeiro announced James Avery's death on his Facebook page, Will Smith took to the social-networking site to remember "Uncle Phil" as his mentor.
"Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery," the 45-year-old actor wrote. "Every young man needs an Uncle."
Smith also shared a photo of "the last time we were together," a group snap that included Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali and Karyn Parsons.
Avery died New Year's Eve from complications following heart surgery.