Actor James Avery passed away on December 31, 2013 due to complications from open heart surgery. He was 65 years old at the time of his passing.
Avery is best known as playing Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. However, he also provided the voice of Boss Fang in the English dub of Fist of the North Star.
In addition to those roles, Avery provided the voice for Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and also provided voices for the following animation productions: Beauty and the Beast, The Real Ghostbusters, Aladdin, Pepper Ann, The Legend of Tarzan, and The Legend of Prince Valiant.
Avery is survived by his wife Barbara Avery, his mother Florence Avery, and his stepson Kevin Waters.