What a sad start to the new year. According to TMZ, actor James Avery, best known as "Uncle Phil" on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, passed away. To many of us, Uncle Phil was a household name; one that essentially made The Fresh Prince.
Avery passed away due to complications from an open-heart surgery last night. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro (aka Carlton) took to Twitter to express his condolences.
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
As strict as Uncle Phil was, we will always remember him for the love he showed his children. Check out some of the best moments with Uncle Phil below.
The last line in this episode was improvised; Uncle Phil hugged Will like his real son.
Rest in peace, James Avery.