James Michael Tyler, an actor beloved for his portrayal of Gunther on Friends, died of prostate cancer on Sunday morning, he was 59.
Tyler died peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, but kept his condition private until earlier this year.
Tyler’s family confirmed the news in a statement, that read:
‘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.’
The actor was best known for playing coffee shop worker Gunther in the hit series Friends alongside David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, and Matthew Perry.
Tributes have been paid to the actor on social media.
Gunther was one of the most loved minor characters in Friends and he often starred in scenes with the big names of the show as the barista at Central Perk coffee shop – where the gang would hang out – appearing in 150 episodes of the hit sitcom.