James Avery who played Uncle Phil in the hit TV sitcom ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ has passed away at the age of 65.
Avery died on Wednesday January 1st 2014 following complications connected with open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson.
Co star, Alfonso Ribeiro who played Jame’s son Carlton Banks broke the news via his Facebook and Twitter page.
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly”, Ribiero wrote.
I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
Avery is also known for his appearances in CSI, Greys’ Anatomy and The Closer.
His death has affected millions of fans across the world who expressed their shock over the sad news:
Can't believe that James Avery has died! If anyone doesn't know who that is, it's Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air! Gutted
— Luke Wood (@LukeNWood) January 1, 2014