Will Smith
has spoken out for the first time remembering the late James Avery.

Avery is best known for his role as Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the ‘90s, which served as the launching pad for Smith’s career.

Now Smith has posted a Facebook message remembering the beloved actor, along with a photo of the most recent cast reunion:



Per ABC News, Avery passed away due to complications from open heart surgery in California at the age of 68.

Smith is the latest star of the hit sitcom to release a statement on Avery’s behalf, following Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali and recurring guest star Tyra Banks.

Since “Fresh Prince” ended, he has continued to be a familiar face on television, recently guest starring on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Harry’s Law.” The late star is survived by his wife Barbara, his stepson and his mother.

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