Friends Star James Michael Tyler Dies At 59
US Actor James Michael Tyler popularly known for his role in the sitcom Friends has passed away at age 59.
His manager Toni Benson in a statement to TMZ confirming his death revealed that the actor had died of prostate cancer in his home. Tyler had been diagnosed in September 2018 and, after his diagnosis, shared his story publicly to encourage others to get screened for prostate cancer as early as 40.
The real-life barista was cast in Friends as a Central Perk co-worker of his crush Jennifer Aniston’s character, Rachel, appeared in 150 episodes of the hit show.
James Michael Tyler also appeared in other films, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs, Episodes, and Modern Music.
In a statement, his family said: “The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh “Friend”), from the hit series Friends, but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband.”
“Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and would often find himself in fun and unplanned adventures.”
“If you met him once, you made a friend for life. [Tyler] is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of his life.”
Other Friends stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc, have paid tribute to James Michael Tyler.
Aniston said the show “would not have been the same” without Tyler’s performance as the Central Perk waiter.
She shared an Instagram post of her and Tyler on the Friends set and a clip of the pair in the final episode as Gunther declared his love for the departing Rachel, who turned him down gently.
“Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed,” Aniston wrote.
In her tribute, Co-star co “Monica” wrote “, The size of gratitude you brought into the room and showed every day on set is the size of the gratitude I hold for having known you.”
“Rest In peace, James.”
LeBlanc, also shared a photo of his character Joey chatting to Gunther in Central Perk.
“We had a lot of laughs, buddy,” LeBlanc posted. “You will be missed. RIP, my friend.”
“Phoebe” Lisa Kudrow also wrote “, James Michael Tyler, we will miss you. Thank you for being there for us all.”