James Avery had been suffering health problems before his death. The popular Uncle from the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was in a health crises following heart surgery on December 31, 2013. He was ranked one of fifty Greatest TV Dads of All Time passed away due to open heart surgery complication at the age of sixty eight on December 31, 2013.
In a document, obtained by TMZ.com, states James was suffering with severe coronary heart disease and end-stage kidney disease as well as type-2 diabetes at the time of his passing.
It was about seven weeks after surgery that he died, leaving behind his wife, Barbara forty four to grieve. Cremation has taken place and his remains were scattered in the sea off the coast of Los Angeles.
Following his death, stars who knew him left tributes,
Will Smith thanked him for his mentorship during his early career when he played the lead character in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ and James was his loveable Uncle Phil.
”Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”
Their co-star in the show, Alfonso Ribeiro, who portrayed Carlton Banks, said: ”The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.”