James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has recently passed at the age of 68. Open heart surgery was performed on James Avery last November. Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his Fresh Prince role as Carlton commented on twitter. He said, “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away, he was a second father to me. I’ll miss him greatly.” Will Smith’s spouse Jada Pinkett Smith also commented on James’ death. “Our condolences to to aunt Florence, Miss Barbara, and all those who loved him,” she wrote. James Avery’s impact and achievements in the acting world won’t be forgotten.