Veteran Hollywood actor — James Avery, who played the role of Will Smith’s uncle in the 90’s sitcom ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ has died at the age of 68.
Reports emerging say that, James Avery who is popularly known by the name ‘Uncle Phil’ passed away at a hospital in Glendale, California on Wednesday, January 1, 2013.
James Avery had undergone open heart surgery and unfortunately didn’t make it through.
Reports also say that his wife Barbara had been at his bedside all through but left for a short while and when she returned, found out he had died.
Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett has paid tribute to Avery, writing on Facebook: ‘Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him. Rest in peace James’.
Will Smith is yet to make any comments over the sad news, reports say that Will and James Avery weren’t in good terms before he died.