He was known the world around for his portrayal of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but I’m sad to report that James Avery has died today at the age of 65.
Avery appeared on 141 episodes of the hit 90’s series alongside Will Smith as his on-screen nephew, as well as starring in Grey’s Anatomy and Star Trek: Enterprise.
His on-screen son, Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted: “He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”
Avery’s publicist told sources that he died on Tuesday in Glendale, California, after complications from open-heart surgery.