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James Avery, Uncle Phil on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', dead at 65

James Avery, Uncle Phil on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', dead at 65

James Avery, a classically trained actor best known for his role as the wealthy uncle of the young rapper Will Smith in the 1990s television comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died at age 65. Avery's death was confirmed by his publicist, and more widely in a Twitter message on Wednesday by one of the actor's TV co-stars, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on "Fresh Prince. "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly," Alfonso Ribeiro, who played preppy son Carlton on the series, said via Twitter. According to the celebrity website TMZ, Avery died on Tuesday,...

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