Fans of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air feel like they’ve lost a dear relative this week with the passing of actor James Avery. Avery played “Uncle Phil” for 6 seasons on the ‘90’s sitcom that helped propel Will Smith to superstardom.
CNN reports that Avery died from complications from open-heart surgery on December 31st at the age of 68.
Avery maintained a very busy professional life after The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, appearing on shows ranging from That ‘70s Show to The Closer and Grey’s Anatomy just to name a few.
Avery’s Fresh Prince family has taken to social media to share the loss of their friend and one of our favorite uncles. RIP James Avery.