Entertainment James Avery dead at 65 Actor James Avery, seen here in a 2006 photo, died at the age of 65 reportedly due to complications stemming from a recent open-heart surgery. Photo Credit: Getty By AMNY/REUTERS January 1, 2014 5:10 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Actor James Avery, best known for playing the father on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died at the age of 65 this week reportedly due to complications stemming from a recent open-heart surgery. Avery's publicist confirmed the death, and in a Twitter message Wednesday one of the actor's former co-stars on "Fresh Prince," Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted his sorrows. "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly," Ribeiro said in a tweet. Avery's voice was heard in many animated TV series, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Iron Man," and he guest-starred on "That '70s Show" as a police officer. By AMNY/REUTERS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Will Smith posts tribute to James AveryFive days after the death of James Avery, Will Smith has paid tribute to his ... Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.