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The cast of the television series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' (L-R) James Avery, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro reunite at the 2005 BET Awards in Hollywood, California in this file photo taken June 28, 2005. James Avery, a classically trained actor best known for his role as the wealthy uncle of the young rapper Will Smith in the 1990s television comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died at age 65. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actor James Avery dead at 65

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LOS ANGELES - James Avery, a classically trained actor best known for his role as the wealthy uncle of the young rapper Will Smith in the 1990s television comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died at age 65.

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Avery's death was confirmed to CNN by his publicist, and more widely in a Twitter message on Wednesday by one of the actor's TV co-stars, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on "Fresh Prince."

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