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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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91.

lando    

only if you could buy life i would buy 30 more rip ):

205 days ago
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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 :-( :-(

205 days ago
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anna cole    

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

205 days ago
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Hans    

Descansa en paz :( desde Lima - Perú.

205 days ago
95.

matt    

R.I.P Uncle Phil

205 days ago
96.

ETrinity    

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

205 days ago
97.

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.

205 days ago
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marmar    

Oh man RIP uncle phil

205 days ago
99.

billybob    

He's dead now!

205 days ago
100.

mando1    

My prayers are with his family

205 days ago
101.

TB    

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

205 days ago
102.

HumanNature    

R.I.P MR. JAMES AVERY


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


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

205 days ago
103.

Chgome    

RIP, you made me laugh. Great sitcom actor.

205 days ago
104.

jess2248    

R.I.P. "Uncle Phil"

205 days ago
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daffy409    

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

205 days ago
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