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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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Janet BeCraft    

James was a good actor on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air & played Steve Yegeal on The Brady Bunch Movie. He will be sadly missed. (In my opinion, I think TBS and ABC Family should have a Fresh Prince Of Bel Air for the memory of James Avery).
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JAMES LARUE AVERY
11/27/45-12/31/13
James left behind with his Fresh Prince Of Bel Air co-stars: Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, Joseph Marcell, Janet Hubert Whitten, Daphne Maxwell Reid, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Tatyana Ali, Ross Bagley, Vernee Watson Johnson, Jenifer Lewis, Virginia Capers, Karyn Parsons and etc.

259 days ago
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cj smet    

really rude responses fro some of you - grow up

259 days ago
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Vuzeda Merriweather     

He will be missed ....I grew up watching Will Smith and Uncle Phil...people are so vicious and have no respect for the dead....regardless of what many of you might think not every black man or woman who dies is gay...you should be cleaning out your secret closets while you are worry about someone else sexuality or if he was gay or not. He was human and deserves respect just like any other person

258 days ago
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rafik wałbrzych    

miał 68 lat wg wujka google a serial z nim i młodym Willeem Smith;em był zajebiaszcy i zajefajny na równi ze światem wg bundych albo lepszy .....mogli by go powtórzyć NO I TA PIOSENKA NA POCZĄTKU masakra

244 days ago
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Scarlet    

That's weird, I could've sworn I saw him in Walgreens tonight. Are you guys sure he didn't just move to the westside? :/

218 days ago
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Scarlet    

That's weird, I could've sworn he was at the next register in Walgreens ton. :/

218 days ago
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bigachillin    

R.I.P James Avery

171 days ago
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