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FRESH PRINCE OF BELL AIR STAR James Avery DEAD

James Avery, stared in the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' , has died.

His publicist says, Avery who played Uncle Phil in the sitcom died following complications from open-heart surgery he had on November 11, in Los Angels.


Avery who also voiced Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series. He died Tuesday evening at a hospital in Glendale, California.

"Fresh Prince" co-star Joseph Marcell, who played the family butler Geoffrey, told CNN that Avery was "a marvelous man and a truly wonderful actor."

"He strove to present an Uncle Phil that everybody wishes was their uncle," Marcell said.


Alfonso Ribeiro who played Avery' s son - Carlton Banks- tweeted the news of Avery's passing.

"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly." He wrote.

Will Smith wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, posted the couple's condolences Wednesday on her verified Facebook page.

"Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him."

According to reports, his wife, Barbara, who has been at his bedside left for a short period of time and when she came back- she learned he had just died.

James Avery died at the age of 68.



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