Veteran actor James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phillip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died Tuesday night, according to CNN. He was 65.

Former Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro took to Twitter to share his condolences.

The veteran actor was undergoing a surgery for an undisclosed illness, TMZ reports.

A Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam War, Avery starred in various voice-over and live-action roles, most recently in series including Grey’s Anatomy and Harry’s Law.

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