James Avery, ‘Fresh Prince’ Star, Dies at 68

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James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died on Tuesday. He was 68.

His rep said Avery died following complications from open heart surgery. “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” tweeted “Fresh Prince” co-star Alfonso Ribeiro on Wednesday.

Tatyana Ali, who also starred on the hit comedy, tweeted, “James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We’re feeling his loss very deeply. He’ll always be apart of me.” Avery will be seen in the upcoming Zach Braff film, Wish I Was Here.

The actor is survived by his wife Barbara and a stepson.

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