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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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136.

Art84    

He will be missed.

206 days ago
137.

Leah    

He died at 65 not 68 check your facts TMZ

206 days ago
138.

I'm Awesome admit it     

R.I.P "Uncle Phil" one of the best shows to ever be played and he was one of the best characters

206 days ago
139.

john johnson    

r.i.p. uncle phil.

206 days ago
140.

Jay W.     

Wiki say's he was born in 1945.

206 days ago
141.

Jay W.     

Played the Uncle Phil character perfectly. RIP James.

206 days ago
142.

GothamGirl    

Sad!

206 days ago
143.

ricardo    

How old was he? I saw 65, 67 and 68. Google and Wikipedia says he was 65

206 days ago
144.

PeopleDoTheMost    

Uncle Phil is gone. Nooooooooooo! Rest in Peace and may his family find comfort in how great of an actor and person he was. So sad

206 days ago
145.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

Loved his acting on Fresh Prince!! RIP Uncle Phil!!

206 days ago
146.

billybob    

was he ill or what?

206 days ago
147.

MikeBenvito    

Rip uncle Phil

206 days ago
148.

Lovin life!!!    

Rip unk phil

206 days ago
149.

Eric Cartman    

Hopefully that Urkel dork will be next.

206 days ago
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portapotty    

you can tell the staff doesn't monitor any of these comments or else they would have seen lthat they got his age wrong and corrected it

206 days ago
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