Will Smith Breaks Silence on James Avery's Death

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cast

Five days after Fresh Prince of Bel Air star James Avery’s death, Will Smith has broken his silence on the tragic situation.

“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.

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