James Avery, Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died Tuesday.

“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted in revealing the sad passing.

Avery reportedly had undergone heart surgery and died from complications in a Los Angeles hospital.

He played Will Smith‘s uncle in the popular 1990s sitcom that took him from rapper to mainstream actor.

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