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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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GeorgeGingrich    

Thank you Mr. Avery for playing a positive character. A fine accomplished artist

205 days ago
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ER    

RIP Uncle Phil /Shredder

205 days ago
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Shaquille O'Neal     

He should have gone on a diet and watched what he ate. He would have lived longer. He was simply too fat.

205 days ago
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Joshua Wells    

May God blessed the family of Mr James Avery

205 days ago
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ProudMexicanAmericanWoman    

RIP uncle phil..

205 days ago
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Scorpio94    

I can't believe we lost one of the notable celebrities that we notably recognize like James Avery. James Avery is one of Jesus' angels in Heaven and he may Rest In Peace. Please pray for his family, co-stars, and friends. RIP, uncle Phil.

205 days ago
172.

Joe    

He was 65.......

205 days ago
173.

scott    

RIP

205 days ago
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donna    

Very sorry to hear this.. Seemed to be a very sweet man...

205 days ago
175.

paraK    

So sad!

205 days ago
176.

may28    

Awe very sad to read!!! R.I.P

205 days ago
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verlinda    

R.I.P. Uncle Phil

205 days ago
178.

King Beef    

Sgt Al Powell was gay? I never knew that.

205 days ago
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Trevor48141    

Wow..He was. A great actor R.I.p

205 days ago
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PhoenixExitium    

Too Bad he was 65 and not 68..... Come on make sure you have all the details right before hitting publish.

205 days ago
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