The television world was rocked by the sad death of James Avery yesterday.
The veteran actor, best known for portraying Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, passed away from heart surgery complications and is being mourned this week by friends and former colleagues.
Tweeted Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the beloved sitcom, confirming Avery's 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.”
Added Tatyana Ali: “James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We’re feeling his loss very deeply. He’ll always be apart of me."
Below, we pay tribute to the late star via a montage of his best moments as Uncle Phil and we send our condolences to Avery's loved ones.