Nearly a week after actor James Avery passed away, former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Will Smith has finally commented on the actor's death.
Smith also posted a photo with Avery, as well as many of their other co-stars on Fresh Prince, along with the caption, "This photo was the last time we were together."
Smith played Avery's nephew for six years on the show, from 1990 to 1996. It was one of Smith's first jobs when he began acting, and he found a mentor in Avery. His Facebook post about Avery showed his respect for the man, as well as how he changed his career path forever.
The photo was taken in 2011 when the actors showed up for a charity event for Sweet Blackberry, a charity run by Karyn Parsons, the actress who played Hilary on Fresh Prince. According to the Huffington Post, Sweet Blackberry is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire children by sharing stories of African-American achievement.
Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro shared the news of Avery's passing with the world by tweeting early the next morning.
I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
Tatyana Ali, who played daughter Ashley Banks on the show, also tweeted her remembrance of Avery.
James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We're feeling his loss very deeply. He'll always be apart of me #JamesAvery— Tatyana Ali (@TatyanaAli) January 1, 2014
A poem of friendship by Nikki Giovanni: We are not lovers because of the love we make but the love we have pic.twitter.com/H0HhqmEwjo— Tatyana Ali (@TatyanaAli) January 2, 2014
You can see Will Smith now in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in a cameo role. He has numerous projects currently in the works, including Bad Boys 3 and Hancock 2.
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