The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s James Avery passes away, Twitter reacts

Will Smith, Frank Ocean and many more mourn the loss of the much-loved Uncle Phil

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James Avery, perhaps best known for his role as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Uncle Phil, has died. CNN confirms that he passed away the evening of January 31 at a hospital in Glendale, California due to complications from open-heart surgery.

Family, friends and family have taken to social media to eulogise the life of the classically trained actor and poet and Vietnam War vet. Will Smith keeps it short and sweet:

Cartlon (Alfonso Ribeiro) opens up:

Frank Ocean stops by the pay his respects:

As does Ghostface Killah:

And fellow sitcom guy Zach Braff remembers Avery’s impressive comic chops from the set of upcoming movie Wish I Was Here:

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