Farewell Uncle Phil: Actor James Avery dies
Published 01/01/2014 | 19:29
Actor James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has died.
Avery (65) had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed condition and died in hospital, according to TMZ.
As well as playing Will Smith's no-nonsense uncle on the iconic 1990s sitcom, he also voiced the villain Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the hit show and recently appeared on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, posted a tribute on Facebook this morning after hearing news of his death.
"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."