Costars react to news James Avery died. The 68-year-old actor was best known for his role as Uncle Phil on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." He died Tuesday night after experiencing complications from having open heart surgery. MTV.com published a report Jan. 2 on what some of his costars from "Fresh Prince" had to say. It was mentioned in the report that Will Smith has not yet reacted to Avery's death.
Tatyana Ali tweeted this:
"James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor," she wrote. "We're feeling his loss very deeply. He'll always be apart of me #JamesAvery"
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, wrote this:
"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."
DJ Jazzy Jeff tweeted:
"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"
Among the many costars reacting to -- or remembering -- James Avery, is Tyra Banks. She had a recurring role on "Fresh Prince."
"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."
Jada Pinkett Smith played Uncle Phil's wife. She wrote:
"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."
A director -- Zach Braff -- who was going to work with James Avery on his next film, "Wish I Was Here," recalled working with him on a cameo appearance:
"James Avery was a very funny and smart man. He did a cameo as a favor to me in WIWH and had the entire set rolling with laughter. RIP," he wrote.
Is Will Smith going to join the other costars and react to the death of James Avery soon?
Avery is survived by his wife Barbara Avery, his mother, Florence Avery, and stepson Kevin Waters.