James L. Avery, best known for his roles as Uncle Phil in ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ and the voice of Shredder in animated version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has died according to his TV son, Alfonso Riberio who broke the news on Twitter. Avery was 65.

He had recently been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital where he had undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness, sources tell TMZ. His health had taken a turn for the worse almost immediately.

Obviously this is not the way we wanted to start off the new year. Condolences to the Avery family, ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ fans and beyond.