Will Smith has paid tribute to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor James Avery, who passed away December 31 from complications after an open heart surgery.
The actor made his first public statement on ‘Uncle Phil’ death on Facebook, writing, ‘Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.’
He also included a photo of him, Avery and other cast members from the ‘last time we were together’ (below).
Someone had earlier faked a Will Smith ‘response’ on Twitter last week which went viral last week, but it was debunked as a hoax.
James Avery was 68.
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