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The friends’ actor dies at the age of 59

The Friends star was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer in 2018

American actor James Michael Tyler, who most famously starred as Gunther in the TV sitcom Friends, has died at the age of 59.

Tyler died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles Sunday morning, a statement from his manager said.

“If you met him when you got a friend for life,” it said. “[He] survives his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of her life. “

Tyler was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018, which later spread to his bones.

“To help as many people as possible, he bravely shared his story and campaigned for them with a prostate to get a … blood test already as a 40-year-old,” his manager said.

Although he did not have the same amount of screen time as the six main characters in Friends, Gunther was and is a popular character among fans.

Gunther worked as a waiter and manager in the show’s coffee house, Central Perk.

He was in love with Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel through the series, who also worked there as a waitress in the early seasons of the series.

“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh friend) … but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, advocate of cancer awareness and loving man,” his manager said.

James Michael Tyler

Tyler visited Central Perk again in 2015 as part of a Warner Bros. study tour

In May, Tyler made a brief appearance at the Friends reunion special last month via Zoom.

“It was the most memorable 10 years of my life, honestly,” the actor said at the time of the show.

“I just could not imagine a better experience.” He said. “All of these guys were amazing and just a joy to work with. It felt very, very special.”

Tyler appeared in nearly 150 episodes of the comedy that ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004.

While in treatment, Michael continued to perform.

He starred in two short films – The Gesture and the Word and Processing – and won awards for Best Actor at various film festivals.

In 2021, his speech performance of Stephen Kalinich’s poem If You Knew was adapted into a short video to raise awareness of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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