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Will Smith

Breaks Silence On Uncle Phil Death

He Made Me a Better Man

1/6/2014 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0106-will-smith-facebookWill Smith has finally opened up about the death of his TV dad James Avery ... saying the guy who played Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince" made him a more "respectable human being."

Smith just posted a tribute to his co-star on Facebook ... writing, "Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery."

He added, "Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace."

Smith also included a photo with Avery and other "Prince" cast members taken the last time they all got together.

We broke the story ... Avery died Dec. 31 after experiencing complications from open heart surgery. He was 68.

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1.

TMZjunkie    

Awwww "Every young man needs an Uncle Phil…" I love that! So sweet!

107 days ago
2.

Moe Greene    

He taught Will to be an arrogant punk.

107 days ago
3.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Well said!

107 days ago
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nof    

They started to beat on Will six seconds after the guy died.

WHERE IS WILL SMITH'S TRIBUTE AND STATEMENT !!!!

"...Yo Momma's got it..."

You can have celebrity - but make sure you can handle it -

Will and Jada can, thank God.

107 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

"Every young man needs an Uncle Phil" . . . nice sentiments. Too bad he seems to be turning to Uncle Xeno for the upbringing of his own children.

107 days ago
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nof    

Will should write his autobiography young.

As should Jada.

How they came up -

They've defied the most improbable of odds.

Surviving -

And with two great and gifted kids.

Almost never happens.

107 days ago
7.

nof    

Beloved character from a beloved sitcom dies.

Therefore the public?

Berates Will Smith for lack of immediate press release.

You can't win.

107 days ago
8.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Jesus TMZ, that low life Lindsay Lohan is in Communist China and immedietley started doing every one of the country's 630,000,000 men and you waste our time with some twitter post that one of Smith's flunkies put out there this morning.
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C'mon - Lohan drunk in Shanghai where you can get executed for having the amount of drugs that Lohan uses just to get up in the morning . . . and you post useless crap.

107 days ago
9.

thehoch    

How hard is it though to take 10 minutes out of your life to make a quick tribute about someone you worked with for years and loved? It doesn't. The reason people release a statement immediately is because it is fresh and in the news. News is like milk...it has an expiration date. Boo on Will Smith!

107 days ago
10.

nof    

If Will Smith had issued an immediate press release?

He woulda been maligned for either:

Excessiveness, wording or brevity.

OR someone woulda wrote he was off somewhere...

No doubt cheating ...

AGAIN!!!

I'm glad I live behind the library.

In like a small pup tent.

107 days ago
11.

6one9    

RIP ``` big guy!!!

107 days ago
12.

nof    

If you hate.

If you CLICK hate.

If you FEEL hate, for like a celebrity, anything...

MAKE hateful statements, etc.

You HAVE hate in your heart.

These stories have nothing to DO with that.

It's more about why do you have so much hate.

What happened to you.

What are you doing to CHANGE that?

ACCEPTING it is no way to live, dude(s)...

107 days ago
13.

boo boo    

It's not ALL of them together. I remember Uncle Phil being married to a stuck up toothpick who declared she would NEVER to a reunion and bashed Smith in every interview.

107 days ago
14.

nof    

Here's my take on hate.

... for all those that hate me here.

If I have hate in my heart - and I once did...

It's up to me to find out where it came from.

...So I went and found out.

(enlisted a very good Ivy League therapist)

Studied up on hate.

Where my own came from.

What caused and causes it.

What it does to our system.

To us personally.

How it's usually not our fault.

Except when we realize we have it.

Then it's not only our fault.

It becomes our responsibility.

To love and respect the Will Smiths of the World.

And by doing so.

We respect ourselves.

And a God that's bought us here to contribute.

I'm not here to take-away.

I'm here to give.

107 days ago
15.

She's baaaack    

Too little too late.

107 days ago
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