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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Fresh Prince star James Avery dies

This photo provided by NBC shows James Avery as Philip Banks from season 2 of the TV series, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Avery, 65, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks has died. Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honourable Philip Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, has died at the age of 65.

His publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said he died on Tuesday in Glendale, California, following complications from open heart surgery.

James played Will Smith's uncle in the popular TV series. His movie credits included Fletch, The Prince Of Egypt and 8 Million Ways To Die.

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