News: Tatyana Ali, Tyra Banks, DJ Jazzy Jeff React To 'Uncle Phil's' Shocking Death

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 12:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hollywood actress Tatyana Ali, Tyra Banks, DJ Jazzy Jeff and others have come forward with their shocked reactions to the unexpected passing of late "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor James Avery this week.

Ali, who played Avery's daughter on the popular 90's show, credited him for the lessons he taught her.

"James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We're feeling his loss very deeply. He'll always be apart of me #JamesAvery," she tweeted January 1. (Tatyana Ali's Twitter)

Fellow "Fresh Prince" actor DJ Jazzy Jeff also reflected on Avery's off-screen presence.

"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" (DJ Jazzy Jeff's Twitter)

Frequent "Fresh Prince" guest star Tyra Banks reflected on the late actor's warm personality.

"Sending condolences to the family of James Avery, "Uncle Phil" of the Fresh Prince. I'll always remember how warm he was to me on set." (Tyra Banks' Twitter)

According to reports, complications during a surgery caused his unexpected death.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in an Glendale, CA hospital last night. Avery had undergone open heart surgery and took a turn for the worse late yesterday. And we're told ... his wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time and when she came back ... she learned he had just died. Avery starred in dozens of TV shows through the years -- shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "The Closer," "L.A. Law," and "The Jeffersons." This past year, he appeared in three TV movies -- most recently, "Go, Bolivia, Go!" -- but didn't appear to have other projects in the works. (TMZ)

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