James Avery, well-known for his role on the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” has died at age 65. Avery passed away in a Los Angeles hospital last night after complications from recently undergoing an open heart surgery.
According to TMZ, Avery’s wife had been by his side the whole time before briefly stepping out for food. When she came back, she was informed that James had passed away.
It did not take long for those who knew and worked with Avery to express their condolences on Twitter. Actor Alfonso Robeiro, who played his son Carlton on the program, was one of the first to confirm his death.
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away,” he wrote on Twitter. “He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.” While he has not yet made a public statement, reports are saying that Will Smith was “devastated” by the news. Tatyana Ali, who played his youngest daughter Ashley, added, “James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We’re feeling his loss very deeply. He’ll always be apart of me.”