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'Fresh Prince' Dad James Avery Dies

Dead At 68

1/1/2014 10:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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James Avery -- the beloved dad on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" -- has died at age 68 ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in a Glendale, CA hospital last night. Avery had undergone open heart surgery and took a turn for the worse late yesterday. 

And we're told ... 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.

Alfonso Ribeiro -- who played Avery's son on "Fresh Prince" -- just posted a 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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Bossy Potato    

Oh no. That's so sad :(

261 days ago
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Spector    

RIP big guy.

261 days ago
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BLUE UGLY đź’©    

RIP Uncle Phil

261 days ago
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Mrs Doc    

Wife Barbara? He was openly gay.

261 days ago
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David    

OH No! Not Uncle Phil! Loved watching him on Fresh Prince. RIP Dude

261 days ago
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lili    

Aww :( RIP

261 days ago
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J    

How sad. I pray that his family can get thru this and that his wife will be okay. It's hard to lose someone and then the possibility of having a guilt trip for leaving his side. RIP.

261 days ago
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shawn    

So sad. I was just talking about how I hoped they had a reunion show the other day. RIP :(

261 days ago
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Troy T    

Another one bites the dust !!!!

261 days ago
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GreyWolf    

Damn. R.I.P. ;(

260 days ago
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Ezek    

NOOOOOOOO UNCLE PHIL ;_;

260 days ago
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mznatnat    

OMG NO!!!!!!!

260 days ago
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Vinny    

RIP.

260 days ago
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porkchop    

A really liked this man, he just seemed like such a sweetheart...RIP.

260 days ago
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RamHead    

That is sad news! R.I.P. big man.

260 days ago
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