James Avery has died at the age of 68. The actor — best known for playing Uncle Philip Banks on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air — died at an L.A. hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
According to TMZ, Avery recently underwent a surgery for an undisclosed illness. His wife, Barbara Avery, was at the hospital at the time 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," the 42-year-old wrote, also sharing a picture of Avery with his wife.
Avery went on to appear in several other TV series, including The Jamie Foxx Show, The Division, That '70s Show, The Closer and Grey's Anatomy.
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