“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Stars Tweet Reactions to James Avery Death

Posted Thursday January 2, 2014 1:33 PM GMT

He died due to complications from open heart surgery on Tuesday (December 31) and James Avery was loved by everyone he worked with.

Many of Avery’s “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” costars took to Twitter on Wednesday (January 1) to share their grief with the rest of the world.

Tatyana Ali tweeted, "James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We're feeling his loss very deeply. He'll always be a part of me #JamesAvery.”

Meanwhile, Alfonso Ribeiro noted, "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

And DJ Jazzy Jeff added in, "RIP James Avery...Thank U for the talks, travel tips and the jazz cd's. A great Friend and Even Better Person...You will be Missed!! #FPOB.”

While Will Smith is yet to comment, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith posted a message on Facebook- "Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend. 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. Rest in peace James."

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