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Jada Pinkett Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro React To The Death of James Avery

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The former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star’s took to social media on Wednesday to express their deep sadness following the death of their dear friend, James Avery.

Alfonso Ribeiro, Avery’s son on the hit sitcom, wrote on Twitter: “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”

Tatyana Ali, who played the late actor’s daughter on the 90’s show also wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, wrote a message on Facebook sending her condolences to the family, writing, “Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend.”

She continued, “James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince has passed,” she wrote. “Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him. Rest in peace James.”

According to Avery’s manager, the 68-year-old died of complications following open-heart surgery. The actor underwent surgery on November 11 and died late Tuesday night (December 31) at a hospital in Glendale, Ca.

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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