James Avery, the dad on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, is dead. Avery died at the age of 68 in a Glendale hospital in California. He had recently undergone surgery on his heart.  The procedure is said to have been open heart surgery. His health deteriorated and he later died. His wife, Barbara, had been with him at his bedside and left briefly. On coming back, she found that he had just died.

James Avery
James Avery

A fellow star of the famous show, ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, Alfonso Ribiero who played the role of Avery’s son in the show expressed his grief and sent his condolences to the family of the acclaimed actor.  He further posted on his Facebook wall a message about the death of Avery. Avery’s death has been received solemnly among his fellow actors in the industry and across Hollywood. To other actors on the same show, he was uncle ‘Phil’.

James and will smith in 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.
James and will smith in ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’.

Through the years of his acting, Avery had starred in many TV shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “L.A. Law,” and “The Jeffersons.” In the last year alone, he made several appearances in three different movies, with the most recent being “Go, Bolivia, Go!”. He however appeared to have retired from the acting life since he did not seem to have other upcoming projects or acting roles.

Avery had reunited with some fellow actors on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ including Will Smith two years ago at an event dedicated to charity. The actors described him as a great actor who never got cross at anyone and was very friendly. They said they would miss him dearly. The American TV shows watching community had began asking for a reunion show but now it seems like it will not happen. Many will miss the actor.

Rest in peace James Avery, a loved, acclaimed actor and a great affable dad to fellow actors.

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