Actor James Michael Tyler, who played coffee shop manager Gunther in the hit sitcom “Friends”, died Sunday at the age of 59, US media reported.
According to a representative, Tyler died at his Los Angeles home after battling prostate cancer, which he was first diagnosed with in 2018.
“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Friend’) from the hit series Friends, but Michael’s fans knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband,” said representative Tony Benson. said in a statement. to American media.
Her “Friends” character appeared in nearly 150 episodes in all 10 seasons of the beloved 1990s sitcom, sarcastically managing Central Perk—the cafe where the other characters hang out—and with Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston. Pinning after.
Benson said, “Michael loved live music, used to cheer for his Clemson Tigers and often found himself in fun and unplanned adventures. If you met him once, you’ve made a friend for life.” “
Tyler appeared in several other roles in series such as “Scrubs,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Modern Music.”
Warner Bros. TV tweeted that it is “a beloved actor and an integral part of the family of our friends. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.”
Tyler announced on NBC’s “Today” show in June that he had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in September 2018, which had spread to his bones. The cancer was discovered during a routine physical.
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