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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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Jennellabella 2    

Oh this is so sad. I loved uncle phil

203 days ago
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conspiracy_omg    

Horrible, gone too soon. Everyone please watch your health

203 days ago
18.

rlemons    

How sad!! I loved him and that show. RIP

203 days ago
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teresa.ann93    

RIP Uncle Phil I grew up watching you, you've cheered up many people in your live . You will surely be missed. R.I.P. Say hi to Jesus for us!

203 days ago
20.

L    

"He played a gay character on Grey's anatomy. But was married to a women" ???

OMG..you all have your big Black man in a TV series mixed up!! That's not him either!! That's James Pickens.

203 days ago
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pwtpc2014    

Rip big you will be missed

203 days ago
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pwtpc2014    

Rip big guy you will be missed

203 days ago
23.

Trish Kerwin    

Sad news on the New Year... what a wonderful talent, will be sadly missed. Prayers to his family and friends... God Bless...

203 days ago
24.

Kemosabe    

I hope he threw Jazz out of the house on his way out. RIP Uncle Phil

203 days ago
25.

billybob    

Very soon, he will be not so fresh anymore, :)

203 days ago
26.

SomeGuy32    

RIP Shredder

203 days ago
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darkhorse91    

RIP. Sad to hear about this.

203 days ago
28.

Clinton Uba    

How Tragic

203 days ago
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lawanna lundy    

Say to here. But did know hew was married I thought he was gay

203 days ago
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Woman Rising    

R.I.P. Uncle Phil -James Avery. You will be missed.

203 days ago
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