“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” cast members have addressed James Avery’s passing.
Avery, who played Philip Banks on the television series, passed away December 31. The 68-year-old actor passed away due to complications from open heart surgery, which took place in November, according to Avery’s representative, as per CNN.
After Avery’s passing was announced, many rappers mourned the actor’s death via social networking sites.
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” featured rapper-actor Will Smith and his deejay, DJ Jazzy Jeff. Jeff and other co-stars recently mourned Avery’s passing via social networking sites as well, as reported by mtv.com. Will Smith has yet to make a public statement on Avery’s passing.
James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We’re feeling his loss very deeply. He’ll always be apart of me #JamesAvery
— Tatyana Ali (@TatyanaAli) January 1, 2014
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
RIP James Avery…Thank U for the talks,travel tips and the jazz cd’s. A great Friend and Even Better Person…You will be Missed!! #FPOB
— Mr Vinyl Destination (@djjazzyjeff215) January 1, 2014
Sending condolences to the family of James Avery, “Uncle Phil” of the Fresh Prince. I’ll always remember how warm he was to me on set.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) January 2, 2014