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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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61.

Moe Greene    

Who cares?

233 days ago
62.

xxL0Lxx    

Funny guy so sad to see him go another remembrance of my childhood gone but never forgotten. rip

233 days ago
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Dot McFarlane    

I'm very sorry to hear this. I really liked that show. Mr. Avery also played Winslow in the "Beauty and the Beast" TV series that starred Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton.

233 days ago
64.

Susie    

RIP. Thank you for making me smile/laugh so many times

233 days ago
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Glo Rob    

Why are the majority of the positive comments marked with at least 1 "Hate". Obviously a troll on the scene.

R.I.P Uncle Phil

233 days ago
66.

Yvonne    

Oh no, how sad! I hope he hasn't had much pain!

233 days ago
67.

Andre Ribeiro     

"The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" was my favorite series of my childhood. Thanks, James Avery. RIP from Brazil.

233 days ago
68.

Alie    

NOOOOOOOOO

233 days ago
69.

natalie    

what a great actor he was !!! R I P

232 days ago
70.

nick    

Life is so short man

232 days ago
71.

nick    

Life is so short man

232 days ago
72.

sighlife    

Im so sad

232 days ago
73.

Bob    

Gone too young......enjoyed watching him on Fresh Prince......RIP Uncle Phil

232 days ago
74.

Jean    

RIP and Thank YOU
https://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Avery/348564331952066

232 days ago
75.

MickyC    

Avery served as a great TV father image on "Fresh prince" for millions of young black children and teens. R.I.P.

232 days ago
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