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“Fresh Prince” Dad, James Avery Dead



Actor James Avery, known for his role as Philip Banks on the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died at the age of 68.

According to TMZ, Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery at a Glendale, CA hospital and died from complications from the operation Tuesday night.

Alfonso Riberio, who played Avery’s TV son Carlton Banks, posted the following message on his Facebook page.

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James leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Barbara. According to reports, Barbara had been by Avery’s side following his surgery, but left for a brief moment and when she returned she learned that he had passed. RIP James Avery.

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