James Avery dies at 65
January 2 , 2014
James Avery, who played Will Smith's Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" died from complications after undergoing an open heart surgery.
Alfonso Ribeiro called him a "truly special man" in his Facebook post. "Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life," he said. "He will be deeply missed."