Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Dad Has Died

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James Avery, who played the beloved dad Philip Banks on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” has died at the age of 65. He reportedly had undergone surgery for an unknown illness recently, and last night his health took a turn for the worse.


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TMZ is Reporting…

“James Avery — the beloved dad on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” — has died at age 65 .. TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in an L.A. hospital last night. Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness and took a turn for the worse late yesterday.

And we’re told … his wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time to get something to eat. When she came back, she learned he had just died.

Update: 10:46 AM PT — We’ve just learned Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery and died from complications from the operation. ”