The man who played the role of the upstanding father, uncle, and judge Phillip Banks on the insanely popular sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air died at a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday evening.
James had undergone surgery recently for an undisclosed illness. Reports are that his health took a nose dive, and he died last night.
James Avery, a classically trained actor best known for his role as the wealthy uncle of the young rapper Will Smith in the 1990s television comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has died at age 65.
Avery’s death was confirmed to CNN by his publicist, and more widely in a Twitter message on Wednesday by one of the actor’s TV co-stars, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on “Fresh Prince.”
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” Ribeiro said in a tweet. The sitcom was very popular in Jamaica as well as in many countries around the globe.
He was truly a great actor.
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