James Avery better known as Uncle Phil from the hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has died at the age of 68-years-old. ALthough James Avery starred in many television shows, most will remember him as Judge Phillip Banks, the caring uncle to Will Smith.
According to reports, Avery had undergone open heart surgery in an Glendale, CA hospital and it sadly took a turn for the worse.
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’s wife, Barbara, was said to have been at bedside with him shortly before he had passed.
RIP James Avery aka Uncle Phil.