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Will Smith on James Avery's Death: Every Young Man Needs an Uncle Phil

Will Smith on James Avery's Death: Every Young Man Needs an Uncle Phil

Originally posted 01/06/2014 02:30PM

The nephew has spoken.

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Lisa Niemi and Robin Roberts's Love Stories Touch Readers' Hearts

Lisa Niemi and Robin Roberts's Love Stories Touch Readers' Hearts

Originally posted 01/04/2014 08:30AM

Several heartwarming – and surprising – stories of love kept the chill of winter at bay for PEOPLE.com readers this week.

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Watch James Avery Talk About Voicing Shredder in the Ninja Turtles Cartoon

Originally posted 01/02/2014 10:00AM

As pop-culture obsessives and children of the 1990s mourn the passing of James Avery, aka Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it's important to remember that Avery was the soul of another iconic '90s character.

He was the voice of Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, and we can never, ever forget that.

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's James Avery Has Died

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's James Avery Has Died

Originally posted 01/01/2014 02:05PM

James Avery, best known for playing Will Smith's Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on Tuesday night. He was 68.

"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away," Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on the hit sitcom, Tweeted Wednesday. "He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

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