James Avery (Uncle Phil) best known for playing Will Smith’s no-nonsense rich uncle on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died. He was 65.
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away,” Alfonso Ribeiro, who played preppy son Carlton on the 1990s-era hit, tweeted this morning. “He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”
According to TMZ, James Avery died in an L.A. hospital last night. Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness and took a turn for the worse late yesterday.