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 and when she came back ... she learned he had just died.
Such a sad way for his family to start the new year. *Side note* The rumor in the early 90's was that he was openly gay so to hear that he has a wife was a bit shocking. RIP Uncle Phil. Check out some of his best moments as the beloved character below.