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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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166.

ER    

RIP Uncle Phil /Shredder

297 days ago
167.

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.

297 days ago
168.

Joshua Wells    

May God blessed the family of Mr James Avery

297 days ago
169.

ProudMexicanAmericanWoman    

RIP uncle phil..

297 days ago
170.

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.

297 days ago
171.

Joe    

He was 65.......

297 days ago
172.

scott    

RIP

297 days ago
173.

donna    

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

297 days ago
174.

paraK    

So sad!

297 days ago
175.

may28    

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

297 days ago
176.

verlinda    

R.I.P. Uncle Phil

297 days ago
177.

King Beef    

Sgt Al Powell was gay? I never knew that.

297 days ago
178.

Trevor48141    

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

296 days ago
179.

PhoenixExitium    

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

296 days ago
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Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Best Fresh Prince episode; Will and Carlton have the party while Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv are away , each has different stories. They see Uncle Phil coming home via shaking glass from "Jutassic Park".......brilliant!

296 days ago
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