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Fresh Prince's 'Uncle Phil' dies at age 65

JAMES  Avery, the actor most famous for his role as the judge "Uncle Phil" Banks in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has died, according to reports. He was 65 years old.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Banks' son, Carlton, in the show, tweeted: "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

Avery is best known for his comedy role in Fresh Prince, playing alongside  Will Smith in the popular US show from the 1990s.

He also voiced the villain Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.