Many Jamaicans Saddened at death of Popular Fresh Prince Actor – James Avery

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.

James Avery was the ebst on fresh prince deadMany Jamaicans have already taken to social media platforms such a Facebook to give their condolences and express their immense sadness at his passing.

He was truly a great actor.

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