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James Avery, who played Will Smith's Uncle Phil onTheFresh Prince of Bel Air, has died. He was 65.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery's son onFresh Prince,tweeted: "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

According toTMZ, Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery, and he died from complications resulting from the procedure.

Avery also playedDr. CrippeninThe Closer,Walter Carter inSoul Food,Alonzo Sparks inSparks,Rev. Crawford inAmenand Judge Michael ConoverinLA Law.

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