James “Uncle Phil” Avery Cause Of Death Was Heart Related
James Avery — who played Uncle Phil on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air — was suffering from several major medical problems for years before he died from complications following an open heart surgery. The death certificate, filed in L.A., which shows the 68-year-old suffered from severe coronary heart disease — along with end-stage kidney disease and type-2 diabetes. His wife of 15 years, Barbara, had briefly left his bedside to get food when he passed away.
His mother Florence Avery told the New York Daily News: ‘It breaks my heart. My child was a great person who helped anyone he could. He was really just a nice person whose great passion in life was reading.’
Soon after he passed, his former co-stars mourned his passing”
Will Smith – who worked with him on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, wrote on his Facebook page, ‘Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,’ he wrote.
‘Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.’
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s on-screen son Carlton on the show, 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.’
Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of the show’s leading man Will, wrote on Facebook: ‘Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend. James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince has passed.
Avery passed away on Dec. 31. The death certificate also says Avery was cremated and his remains were scattered at sea off the coast of L.A.