The New Year is upon us and while everyone is looking forward to what 2014 will bring, some of the first news out of the gate is news that has dampened the mood. James Avery, who is still best known to this day as Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on New Year’s Eve in a Los Angeles Hospital.
Avery is best known for his role on the Will Smith show from the early and mid-90s, but he had a career outside of the show as well. But despite a career on television and in films, Avery is going to be remembered as Uncle Phil and there’s really no better way to remember him.
It was a role Avery was always proud of and his co-stars are remembering him this New Year’s Day as the man and fatherly figure he was on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Rest in Peace James Avery. Love you. One of the best actors of our time.
— Miguel A Nunez Jr (@MiguelANunezJr) January 1, 2014
I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
Avery reportedly died from complications following open heart surgery in Los Angeles, and was with his wife when he passed away.