It’s a sad New Year’s Day for us to report that the father on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, James Avery has passed away. He was 65-years-old at the time of his passing. SAD! TMZ has the scoop:
Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in an L.A. hospital last night. Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness 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 to get something to eat. When she came back, she learned he had just died.
Almost an hour ago, Alfonso Ribeiro took to his official Facebook page to share the sad news:
The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.
RIP Uncle Phil.