03/01/2014 05:33 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 08:17 GMT

James Avery Dead: Fake Will Smith Tweet Blasted By Fans After It Claimed There Will Be An Uncle Phil Tribute

A fake tweet purporting to be written by Will Smith has angered Fresh Prince fans after it sparked hope of an Uncle Phil tribute episode.

Following the death of James Avery, who played Will's uncle in the 90s sitcom, an unverified FreshPrinceWill Twitter account posted: "I was thinking that we get the cast together and film one more Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air episode in honour of Uncle Phil."

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James Avery (centre, back) with his 'Fresh Prince' co-stars

The user posted what appeared to be a screengrab of direct messages between Will and American TV studio NBC.

While the message was retweeted over 200,000 times, fans soon started to spot the hoax:

Another user joked:

A real tribute message did however come from Will's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. She wrote on Facebook: "James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince has passed." The veteran character and voice-over actor was 68.

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