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Will Smith Reacts to James Avery’s Death: “Every Young Man Needs an Uncle Phil”

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

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Will Smith has offered his first statement on the death of James Avery, who played his “Uncle Phil” on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

On Facebook, Smith wrote, “Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”

He also included a photo from the “last time we were together” (see below).

Last week, a fake Smith “response” to Avery’s death spread on Twitter, but Gossip Cop debunked it as a hoax.

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