James Avery — the beloved dad on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air" — has died at age 65 .. TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in an L.A. hospital last night. Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness and took a turn for the worse late yesterday.

And we’re told … his wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time to get something to eat.  When she came back, she learned he had just died.

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Uncle Phil that we all loved from Fresh Prince has passed away last night, December 31st 2013 at age 65. He had Heart Surgery last night, and died because of severe complications from the surgery. You made tons of people smile, laugh, and you made the whole ‘Banks’ family happy. I’m 10000% sure that the cast you worked with, will never forget you, and neither will the world. 

RIP Uncle Phil. Gone. But never forgotten. 

Please everyone, take a moment to pray for him, his family, and most of all his wife. TMZ said that she went to leave for just a minute to go get food….she came back….and he was….gone… 

November 27, 1948 - December 31st, 2013