Beloved TV dad James Avery has passed away as a result of complications from an open heart surgery.

Avery, most commonly known as Uncle Phil on the popular 90s sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' died on New Year's Eve in an L.A. hospital.

His wife Barbara was said to be by his side but had just gotten up for a brief moment and returned to find out the news.

The 65-year-old star both played a father to Alfonso Ribeiro on TV, but also served as a father figure for him throughout life. Ribeiro tweeted his condolences earlier today.


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