James Michael Tyler, best known for playing witty barista Gunther in the sitcom Friends, sadly passed away aged 59, following a battle with stage four prostate cancer.
Tyler first shared his diagnosis with fans earlier this year despite being initially diagnosed in September 2018. His decision to not share this with the public until shortly after the Friends reunion led to him being unable to attend in person, instead opting to appear over zoom, with him saying he didn’t want to ruin the long awaited TV special and “put a downer” on the celebration.
Warner Bros. Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans. ❤️☕️ pic.twitter.com/9coGnT5BHz
— FRIENDS (@FriendsTV) October 24, 2021
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