Will Smith Mourns James Avery: "Every Young Man Needs an Uncle Phil"
"Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery," Smith wrote. "Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace." Alongside the post, Smith shared a photo of himself and Avery with their Fresh Prince co-stars Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons and Tatyana Ali. The photo was taken in December 2011, at a charity event.
Avery passed away Dec. 31 at the age of 65 after suffering complications during open heart surgery.