James Michael Tyler, Gunther From "Friends," Dead At 59 From Cancer

James Michael Tyler Gunther From 'friends' Dead At 59... After Cancer Battle

James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, the manager at Central Perk coffee shop and Rachel's admirer on Friends, died at his home in L.A. on Sunday, October 24. This is after battling stage 4 prostate cancer for a while.

His representative, Toni Benson, revealed that he died peacefully at home at 59.

He first revealed his cancer diagnosis in June, stunning many fans. On NBC's Today Show, he said that his cancer was discovered during a routine checkup when he was 56.

He was unable to walk because cancer had spread to his bones. He had to undergo hormone therapy.

This was after he appeared in the reunion special of the popular hit show.

James Michael Tyler, Gunther From "friends," Dead At 59 From Cancer

James explained that he did not reveal his health status before the special Zoom moment because he did not want to be a downer for the reunion.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and kept it hidden for 3 years.

After his death, his family shared that although he was known as one of the friends on Friends, he was more than that. They 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, 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."

Marta Kauffman and David Crane, co-creators of the 90s hit show, told CNN that James was a "genuinely kind, sweet man."

They added: "When he started as an extra on Friends, his unique spirit caught our eye, and we knew we had to make him a character. He made Gunther's unrequited love incredibly relatable. Our heart goes out to his wife, Jennifer Carno."

The Friends Twitter account said: "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."

For 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, that Friends ran, he starred in 150 episodes. He was loved, and, sadly, he is gone so soon.

Friends stars including Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc paid their tributes to him.

Aniston said: "Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all our lives. You will be so missed."

Cox also added her tribute, saying: "The size of the 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."

He also featured in other popular shows like Scrubs, Modern Music, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Just Shoot Me!

Friends remain his biggest show, and fans will miss him. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno.