RIP…Fresh Prince Star “UNCLE PHIL” Dead at 65

Cast of Fresh Prince

(BlackMediaScoop) James Avery — the beloved dad on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — has died at age 65.

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  • Sources close to the actor say he died in an L.A. hospital Tuesday night. Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery and died from complications from the operation.

    His wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time and when she came back … she learned he had just died. So sad.

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    Alfonso Ribeiro — who played Avery’s son on “Fresh Prince” — posted this message on his Facebook page…

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    Avery starred in dozens of TV shows through the years — shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “L.A. Law,” and “The Jeffersons.” This past year, he appeared in three TV movies — most recently, “Go, Bolivia, Go!” — but didn’t appear to have other projects in the works.

    Avery reunited with most of his “Fresh Prince” cast — including Will Smith — two years ago at a charity event.

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    RIP…thanks for the laughs Uncle Phil!

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