The man who played Uncle Phil has died
THE man best known as the father figure to Will Smith's namesake on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has died at the age of 65.
James Avery played Philip Banks or Uncle Phil in the popular 1990s television show that revolved around Smith's character moving to Bel-Air to live with his wealthy relations.
In the show, Avery often delivered life messages or morals to Smith's character and his on-screen cousins.
Time Magazine reports Avery died in hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday night local time.
Avery and Smith's co-star Alfonso Ribeiro reportedly broke the news on Facebook the following day.