Just a few years ago, the cast of Fresh Prince Of Bel Air reunited
for the first time in support of a charity event, but they probably
didn’t expect to reunite again so soon. This time, the cast (sans Will
Smith) came together to celebrate the life of James Avery (Uncle Phil)
who passed away on December 31.
Those present included; Alfonso Ribiero (Carlton), Karyn Parsons
(Hilary), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), and Daphne
Reid (Aunt Viv), who were all smiles as they posed with James’ wife
Barbara Avery. Alfonso posted pictures to Facebook calling James “a
wonderful father figure.”
The world has lost a truly special man. Even though he
played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life.
[...]We said goodbye to the amazing James Avery last night. I was
honored to host the memorial for Barbara Avery. James will be deeply
Will Smith, meanwhile, reacted to his TV Uncle’s death by posting a
photo from the 2011 reunion, which was the last time he, James, Karyn,
Tatyana and Alfonso were altogether. He captioned it:
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
According to TMZ, James suffered from from severe coronary heart
disease, end-stage kidney disease and type 2 diabetes and died from
cardiorespiratory arrest at the Glendale hospital. He was later cremated
and his family scattered his ashes in the Pacific Ocean.
Peep more pics below:
Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Alfonso Ribiero, James Avery and Will Smith back in 2011
Alfonso Ribiero, Joseph Marcell, and Karyn Parsons at James Avery’s memorial
Tatyana Ali and Karyn Parsons with Alfonso’s Ribiero’s newborn son at James Avery’s memorial.