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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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sweetnsassy    

Great actor ..prayers to his family

205 days ago
122.

orksters    

rip

205 days ago
123.

kathryn    

RIP blessing to the family, and friends.

205 days ago
124.

Haydn    

watch the official death video of james avery here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9MzegFNq_A so sad R.I.P

205 days ago
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johhny bloom    

Ed shein and zachrods and the rest of of the disrespectful people, ot does not matter of jes black nor maybe was gau,he was a fine actor who bece part of our lives even just from the television screen. Don't act ignorant and have some decency. May james avery rest in peace.

205 days ago
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nia_2609    

Very sorry to hear that he passed away in a sadden way may he rest in peace. Great guy wow..

205 days ago
127.

Watcher    

According to the IMDb website, James Avery was born November 27, 1948. That would have made him 65 years old, not 68. Either IMDb has the wrong birthdate or TMZ has the wrong age. They cannot both be correct.
That being said, he was a good actor and I loved his character on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

205 days ago
128.

Mrakulous    

He was the voice of Shredder on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

205 days ago
129.

Gretel    

I always liked him. RIP.

205 days ago
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ELC    

He was a prince of an actor on Fresh Prince. I always enjoyed watching his acting. James was a class act. RIP James. As for passing away while his wife stepped out for a short time...I've seen that happen. Its like the person doesn't want anyone around to watch them leave. They don't want those around them to suffer more...so they go when they are alone.

205 days ago
131.

Faye    

Have a safe flight home

205 days ago
132.

shawn    

Rip to James Avery uncle phil him and will a part of my teenage years watching fresh prince there will never be another uncle Phil like him

205 days ago
133.

brooks    

tmz is stupid..... if he was born in 1948. He is 65. come on....

205 days ago
134.

Don Gato    

You could have at least gotten his age right. he was 65

205 days ago
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Frankie Thompson    

Shameless SEO by tmz once again by using every possible name they could for their url...

205 days ago
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