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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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307 COMMENTS

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Lisa    

I am so sorry to hear that.I really enjoyed watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air .He will be missed.Many thoughts & prayers for his family & friends. R.I.P James :-( :-(

260 days ago
92.

anna cole    

Rest in Peace Uncle Phil,You will never be Forgotten.

260 days ago
93.

Hans    

Descansa en paz :( desde Lima - Perú.

260 days ago
94.

matt    

R.I.P Uncle Phil

260 days ago
95.

ETrinity    

So I guess they couldn't save Mr Banks after all. :(

260 days ago
96.

John    

I remember seeing him as the cop who was training Kelso in that 70's show. He had lost so much weight. Dang this is a sad day, obviously didnt know him personally but I always thought he was an amazing actor.

260 days ago
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marmar    

Oh man RIP uncle phil

260 days ago
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billybob    

He's dead now!

260 days ago
99.

mando1    

My prayers are with his family

260 days ago
100.

TB    

I hate to nitpick here, but he was born November 27, 1948......so he was 65, not 68.

260 days ago
101.

HumanNature    

R.I.P MR. JAMES AVERY


THE "COOLEST DAD/UNCLE" ON TV!!!!!!


HE KEPT US "LAUGHIN"!!!!!!!!

260 days ago
102.

Chgome    

RIP, you made me laugh. Great sitcom actor.

260 days ago
103.

jess2248    

R.I.P. "Uncle Phil"

260 days ago
104.

daffy409    

Avery seemed like a great guy. What a lost RIP.

260 days ago
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Ronald RayGun    

RIP too bad he is gone! His birthday is November 1948 which makes him 65 not 68. Did someone at TMZ flunk basic arithmetic?

260 days ago
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