Starting the New Year off with some sad news,  it’s been reported actor James Avery has died at the age of 68. He played Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and was the voice of Shredder and Splinter on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show (among many other credits).

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in an Glendale, CA hospital last night. Avery had undergone open heart surgery and took a turn for the worse late yesterday.

For those who don’t trust TMZ (they are the source of all evil), Alfonso Ribeiro — who played Avery’s son on “Fresh Prince” — just posted a message on his Facebook page.
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Avery’s death has hit me right in the childhood. Goodbye Uncle Phil.

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