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Celebrities pay homage on Twitter to late actor James 'Uncle Phil' Avery

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Actor James Avery, popularly known as Uncle Phil from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," passed away on Dec. 31 due to heart surgery complications, according to The New York Times.

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"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" aired from 1990 to 1996, and Avery continued to work on a steady basis. His 2013 projects included television movies, "Go, Bolivia, Go," "Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer" and "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film."

He'd also been featured in popular television films and movies over the years, such as "My Wife and Kids," "That's So Raven," "All of Us," "Girlfriends," "Soul Food" television series, "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "A Different World" before and after co-starring in the popular TV show with actor/rapper Will Smith.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" fans may recognize him as the voice of Shredder.

Check out the attached photo gallery with celebrities paying homage to the late actor, who died at the age of 68.

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