“Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,” the actor wrote on Facebook. “Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”
Along with the message, the 45-year-old shared the last photo he’d taken with the late actor, who played his uncle on the 90′s sitcom.
Alfonso Ribiero, who played James’ on-screen son in the show, broke the news of his death on Wednesday. “The world has lost a truly special man. I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” he tweeted.
James died at age 68 on New Year’s Eve.