The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans and cast members are mourning the loss of James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil on the beloved sitcom.
James Avery died Tuesday night from complications following open-heart surgery, which he underwent in November, at a hospital in Glendale, Calif.
Avery has hundreds of credits to his name, including Fletch, Rambo, Dallas, Night Court, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more recently, Grey’s Anatomy.
Of course, he will be best remembered as Will Smith’s uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air for six seasons and 148 episodes in the 1990s.
His co-stars took to social media to express their sadness.
Alfonso Ribeiro, Avery’s son on show, wrote: “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”
Tatyana Ali, who played the late actor’s daughter, added: