He played the role of Gunther in the American series Friends. James Michael Tyler has died succumbing to prostate cancer. He was barely 59 years old.
Actor James Michael Tyler, well known for his role as Gunther in the American series “Friends”, died this Sunday, October 24 at the age of 59, reported the American press. He died at his Los Angeles home from prostate cancer he had suffered from since 2018, said relative Toni Benson.
“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Friend’) in the series, but his relatives knew him as an actor, musician, cancer activist and loving husband,” he said. in a statement to the American press.
His character in “Friends” appeared in 150 episodes across 10 seasons of the popular 1990s sitcom. He was the sarcastic manager of the Central Perk, the cafe where the other characters hung out.
James Michael Tyler has appeared in other series like “Scrubs,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Modern Music”.
In a tweet, Warner Bros. said we mourn the loss of a “beloved actor, an integral part of our FRIENDS family. Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues, friends and fans.”
James Michael Tyler announced in June on an NBC show that he had suffered from an advanced form of prostate cancer since September 2018, which had spread to his bone system.