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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.

Leah    

He died at 65 not 68 check your facts TMZ

239 days ago
137.

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

239 days ago
138.

john johnson    

r.i.p. uncle phil.

239 days ago
139.

Jay W.     

Wiki say's he was born in 1945.

239 days ago
140.

Jay W.     

Played the Uncle Phil character perfectly. RIP James.

239 days ago
141.

GothamGirl    

Sad!

239 days ago
142.

ricardo    

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

239 days ago
143.

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

239 days ago
144.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

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

239 days ago
145.

billybob    

was he ill or what?

239 days ago
146.

MikeBenvito    

Rip uncle Phil

239 days ago
147.

Lovin life!!!    

Rip unk phil

239 days ago
148.

Eric Cartman    

Hopefully that Urkel dork will be next.

239 days ago
149.

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

239 days ago
150.

IceGypsy    

Great character actor who never failed to make me laugh. That was s a great gift to us all. RIP James

239 days ago
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