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According to TMZ, James Avery, the actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” is dead. He was 65 years old.

He died Tuesday in LA after having surgery for an undisclosed illness.

Cast mate Alfonso Riberio confirmed his death via Twitter.

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