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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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181.

Angel Morado    

R.I.P. My Atlantic City native. It was fun watching you on t.v. You were a stand-up guy. My family always talked about you and how you're from A.C. you all were friends and from Atlantic City. Atlantic City has lost another star, but all of us natives are making sure your legacy lives on.

294 days ago
182.

Jose Fajardo    

He died at 65... not 68

294 days ago
183.

Samir P    

Rest In Peace, love his show and him

294 days ago
184.

Joshua Wells    

May God bless the family of Mr James Avery aka uncle Phil John 14chapter vs 1 and pslam 23

294 days ago
185.

Maninder    

Some memorable moments of great actor...... http://www.newsdesire.com/actor-james-avery-passes-away-watch-memorable-tv-moments/

294 days ago
186.

Criss    

68? Yesterday he was 65!

294 days ago
187.

Maninder    

Some memorable moments of great actor...... http://www.newsdesire.com/actor-james-avery-passes-away-watch-memorable-tv-moments/

294 days ago
188.

Shoozie    

Rest in Peace, Sir.
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On a side note: it is not unusual that when a patient knows that they are going to die, they send loved ones to get coffee or a bite to eat so then can die without the family there watching. It is hard watching a loved one die and what he did was noble.

294 days ago
189.

Doris    

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As of yesterday:
Insurers can't charge you more
or deny you coverage
for a pre-existing condition.

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294 days ago
190.

IEAElectrical    

Oh no, Loved that show...RIP Uncle Phil

294 days ago
191.

darleen    

my heart goes out to his family, he will be missed by all he entertained :) The good thing is that he will be remembered for years to come thanks to reruns :)

294 days ago
192.

Just My Opinion    

If you want to leave an online note and flowers for the big guy. Here is the link to do so.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=122576419

294 days ago
193.

Bubbles The Chimp    

That really sucks. Why couldn't it be Will Smith, God!!!

294 days ago
194.

me    

This man was so sweet and humble, as was his costar Joseph Marcell. Met them on the set and never forgot how kind and friendly they were. I had met the whole cast, but these two were standouts. Awesome, lovely people (the kind you would hope to have as your neighbors.) RIP

294 days ago
195.

billybob    

Only the good die young!

294 days ago
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