FRIENDS actor James Michael Tyler dies aged 59

 - Celebrities - Oct 25

Today, the FRIENDS fandom mourns the loss of beloved actor James Michael Tyler, who played barista and manager of iconic Central Perk in the world famous sitcom. Tyler passed away at the age of 59, following the revelation during an NBC interview last June that he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2018. In a family issued statement, his loved ones said that ‘the world knew him as Gunter… but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate and loving husband.’


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Last May, Tyler had appeared on FRIENDS: The Reunion but was unable to appear in person due to his health issues. He instead appeared via Zoom, stating that the series was the most memorable 10 years of his life. He revealed that he didn’t want to reveal his illness because he didn’t want ‘to be like “oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer”.’ FRIENDS’ official Twitter issued a message from Warner Bros. Television Studios, stating that they are mourning the passing of the actor, who was a beloved actor and integral part of the family.


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Tributes poured in for the actor, especially by his FRIENDS co-stars. Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) pointed out how the series would not have been the same without him, thanking Tyler for the laughter he brought to the show and all their lives. Courteney Cox also followed suit shortly, saying that Tyler brought immense gratitude into the room as they filmed. Matt Leblanc (Joey) also posted to social media, reminiscing on all the laughter they shared, with Lisa Kudrow too highlighting how deep they will all miss him.


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Rest in Peace James. You brought laughter and joy to millions.


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