If you’ve been waiting to hear from Will Smith about the death of James Avery, he’s finally spoken out.

Avery, who was 68, died last week due to complications from open heart surgery.

Will Smith, who played Avery’s street-smart nephew on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” series, responded with his thoughts yesterday via Facebook.

“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.” Smith also shared a photo of the last time he and Avery were together.

The news of Avery’s death on New Year’s Eve was sent out to the world by Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s son, Carlton, on the show, by sharing his condolences on Twitter.

Avery played the family patriarch and a wealthy attorney and judge on the popular TV comedy that launched the acting career of Will Smith as Banks’ trouble-making nephew.

The sitcom, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996, was set in the Banks’ mansion, where Smith’s character was sent from Philadelphia when things got tough in his own neighborhood. Fans came to know the imposing Banks as “Uncle Phil.”

(Photo: AP)

4 thoughts on “Will Smith Finally Responds to the Passing of James Avery

  1. BlackBeauty on said:

    Have to wonder why this writer had to add “finally” to this heading???
    You have no idea of what Will’s reaction/contribution was to Mr. Avery’s family. Why does he have a certain time frame in which to respond?
    Please stop the crap which is only meant to incite!

    • Without reading your comment, I thought THE SAME THING!! The word “finally” does NOT have to appear in this story. Just say WIll Smith makes a statement and leave it at that. This is why we shouldn’t accept anything people write in these stories!!

      • BlackBeauty on said:

        I absolutely agree with you!
        We must stop accepting crappy input that some of these “writers” put out to us.

    • I totally agree with you. People should be allowed to grieve in their own way. Will Smith owes “us” nothing. Peace and Blessing to the Avery family and friends of James “Uncle Phil” Avery.

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