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'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actor James Avery Dies

2:46 PM, Jan 1, 2014   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - James Avery, who played Will Smith's Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has died. He was 65.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery's son on Fresh Prince, tweeted: "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

According to TMZ, Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery, and he died from complications resulting from the procedure.

Avery also played Dr. Crippen in The Closer, Walter Carter in Soul Food, Alonzo Sparks in Sparks, Rev. Crawford in Amen and Judge Michael Conover in LA Law.

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