Veteran actor James Avery, best known for his iconic role as Uncle Phil Banks on the popular TV sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on New Year’s Eve from complications stemming from heart surgery.
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Avery starred in numerous TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “L.A. Law,” and “The Jeffersons.”
As a classically trained actor and poet, Avery grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he was raised by a single mother. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and first appeared onscreen as a dancer in the film The Blues Brothers.
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the most common type of heart surgery done on adults. During this surgery, a healthy artery or vein is grafted (attached) to a blocked coronary (heart) artery. This allows the grafted artery to “bypass” the blocked artery and bring fresh blood to the heart.
How To Prepare For Heart Surgery
1. Tell your healthcare provider about any drugs you are taking, even over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbs. Inform them also of any illnesses, including herpes outbreak, cold, flu, or fever.
2. In the two weeks before the surgery, ask your healthcare provider if you should stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin.