Will Smith Releases Statement Paying Tribute to James Avery

Will Smith Releases Statement Paying Tribute to James AveryImage via Warner Bros. Television

After James Avery tragically passed away on Dec. 31 following complications from surgery, Will Smith has broken his silence to share a tribute to his late Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star. In a post on his Facebook, Smith shared the last photo taken of him, Avery, and their Fresh Prince co-stars Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, and Alfonso Ribeiro, along with a touching statement about Avery:

Both Ribeiro and Ali also took to social media to pay tribute to Avery:

Avery passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on New Year's Eve following a recent open heart surgery. He was 68.

[via Yahoo!]

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