James Avery of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Dies offers condolences to the family, friends and fans of James Avery aka “Uncle Phil” of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fame.

News of  the actor’s passing at age 68, due to complications from a recent heart surgery, broke via Black Press Radio and was followed up with a posting from TMZ that also cites the Facebook page of his former co-star/TV son Alfonso Ribiero.

Avery embodied the gruff, blue-blooded, but goodhearted father figure to Will Smith’s titular character.

We’d like to offer a mini tribute to a pop fixture with one of his epic “throwing Jazz out of the house” moves.  Rest in peace!