James Avery, most known for his six season career as ‘Uncle Phil’ on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air has passed away. TMZ reports that the 65 year old was admitted to an LA hospital last night after recently undergoing surgery for a condition that is unknown. Avery’s on-air son Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed the actor’s death via Twitter saying
I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
Avery has appeared in countless TV and film projects over the years including FPOB, The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy and That 70’s Show and has added his distinct voice to animated characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Iron Man and The Prince of Egypt.