RIP, James Avery

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RIP, James Avery
Thu, 01-02-2014 - 9:45am


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"Veteran actor James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phillip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died Tuesday night. He was 67.

UPDATE: In a statement from Avery’s publicist, EW has confirmed that Avery died as a result of complications from open heart surgery in Glendale, CA on Tuesday night. His most recent project was Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff, which is slated to premiere at Sundance. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Avery, mother, Florence Avery, and stepson Kevin Waters."

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I LOVED Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I loved Uncle Phil. One of my favorite episodes was when Will's father shows up and then leaves will all over again and he breaks down with Uncle Phil. *sniff*