We just received word that James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil in the popular 90′s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, passed away last night in a L.A. hospital. Unfortunately the cause of James’ death came from complications of an open heart surgery operation that he recently had. Reports state that his wife Barbara walked away from his bedside for a short period of time and when she came back she received word that her 65 year old husband was gone.
Alfonso Ribeiro known as Carlton Banks on the show tweeted his condolences:
I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.
No word from any of the other cast mates as of yet.
See below for one of the most heartfelt clips to ever air on The Fresh Prince.