According to TMZ, James Avery died last night (December 31) at a Los Angeles hospital. The 65 year old actor had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed condition. Most commonly known for playing Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Avery also starred in The Closer, That ’70s Show, Grey’s Anatomy, Teenage Mutanta Ninja Turtles, The Brady Bunch Movie and Dr. Dolittle 2.
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away,” Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the son Carlton on the 90′s TV show, tweeted this morning. “He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”
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