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“Fresh Prince” Dad, James Avery Dead

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Actor James Avery, known for his role as Philip Banks on the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died at the age of 68.

According to TMZ, Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery at a Glendale, CA hospital and died from complications from the operation Tuesday night.

Alfonso Riberio, who played Avery’s TV son Carlton Banks, posted the following message on his Facebook page.

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James leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Barbara. According to reports, Barbara had been by Avery’s side following his surgery, but left for a brief moment and when she returned she learned that he had passed. RIP James Avery.

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Why Tyler Perry Says He’s A “James Evans” Kind Of Dad

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The “Boo” is back!

In Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, Tyler Perry’s character Brian is a bit of a dorky dad … but in real life, Perry says he lays down the law when it comes to his own son, 3 1/2 year-old Aman.

HH caught up with Tyler during the press rounds for Boo 2 and the multi-facted mogul gave us some insight on how and why he would be quick to transform into a James Evans (from Good Times) kind of dad.

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