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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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JP    

RIP James. You were one of the good ones.

230 days ago
197.

Bob    

RIP Uncle Phil!

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http://www.la-quotes.com

230 days ago
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Lokismistress    

Rip Uncle Phil! Never to be forgotten!

230 days ago
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darlenewright    

i am so sorry to hear of your loss i am sending you my deepest sympathy and condolences may god comfort you and be with you in this time and forever. he was a great actor my family always watched him on fresh prince of belaier alltime and we still do.

230 days ago
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CharlieBrwn23    

Dang....R.I.P. Uncle Phil!!!!! SMH man dat myth of people dying in threes has been a proven fact 4 yrs

230 days ago
201.

Vote2012    

Good guy good actor.

230 days ago
202.

palermo    

Too young to go, RIP

230 days ago
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Kimberelycorder@yahoo.com    

So sad to loose a childhood Icon from my generation prayers to the Avery family

230 days ago
204.

Moe Greene    

Good riddance. Those who knew him thought he was an incredible prick.

230 days ago
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V_TIME:    

R.i.p. uncle Phil

230 days ago
206.

Klown    

Uncle Phil liked the sausage.

229 days ago
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harvey    

The cause of death was complications from open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson. Avery had surgery on November 11 and died Tuesday evening at a hospital in Glendale, California, according to Benson.
its how the medical staff gets away with murder

229 days ago
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anntaylor    

Rip uncle phil....we've watched u for many years and it almost felt family for reel.....u will b greatly missed #unclephil

229 days ago
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damienevil    

he was 65!!

229 days ago
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phia    

This is so sad, the poor man had surgery to get better and unfortunately he lost his life.

RIP Mr.Avery and thank you for the funny moments you gave us.

229 days ago
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