Uncle Phil Died??? NOT! Turns out actor James Avery of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is the latest victim of the Internet death hoax. The 61 year old was a Trending Topic on Twitter with a rumor about him having a heart attack. Lo and behold, ol boy is still alive and kicking in Cali. Apparently Twitter users confused Avery with Scottish soccer player Phil O’Donnell who was also nicknamed Uncle Phil. O’Donnell died 3 years ago.