James Avery dies: Uncle Phil's 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' co-stars and celebrities react

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The shocking news that "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" star James Avery died on December 31 led to an outpouring of love and support from friends and fans alike online. Avery died from complications related to a November open-heart surgery.

Celebrities, including Avery's "Fresh Prince" co-stars turned to social media to express their grief over the loss. Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith, wrote on Facebook, "James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from 'The Fresh Prince' has passed. Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him."

Zap2it has collected other celebrity responses from Twitter below, celebrating Avery's life.
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