RIP Uncle Phil: ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Star James Avery Dies Day & A Dream Team January 1, 2014 News 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. 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 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. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.