Some sad news has been reported today. Yesterday, December 31, 2013, actor James Avery died at the age of 68 (or 65, seeing conflicting sources) from complications following open heart surgery in a Los Angeles hospital. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s TV son on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was the first to share this sad news.
Most will remember Avery from his role as Judge Philip Banks on the Fresh Prince (1990–1996) and his voice acting role as Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987–1993) animated series. These are probably what he most known for, but certainly not all of his career, he also starred in many other TV shows, TV movies and films over the years. It is a sad day to lose a TV dad like Avery, he will be missed by many. (Via THR)
I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014