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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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76.

Jean    

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

107 days ago
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MickyC    

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

107 days ago
78.

edante    

Sad way to begin the year, we all lost an uncle. Adios tio Phil.

107 days ago
79.

allison    

he was 65...

107 days ago
80.

harryworgan    

hi

107 days ago
81.

Suzanne    

He was some one I always liked. He will be missed.

107 days ago
82.

xtina1313    

So sad. RIP Uncle Phil :'(

107 days ago
83.

Tameka Marshall    

Oh no...say it isn't so

107 days ago
84.

Imogene Gordon    

He will be missed. i love to watch him on fresh prince.R.I.P.

107 days ago
85.

INTHEZONE    

Will Smith is always making jokes about James being so fat
Shame on you, Will Smith!
Are you happy now? He's dead!

107 days ago
86.

dave1982    

R.I.P Shredder

107 days ago
87.

bon    

at 65' not 68'

107 days ago
88.

zachrodz    

He WAS Gay! No confusion. I used to wait on him and his little twinks over 20 years ago at HAMBURGER HAMLET! RIP.

107 days ago
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Aprilshinesregardless    

Rip uncle Phil u were the man!

107 days ago
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melanie53080    

Awe very sad rip uncle Phil an my thoughts an prayers to his wife an family!

107 days ago
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