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Updated on: Monday, October 25, 2021, 10:39 AM IST

'Rest in peace Gunther, thank you for the laughter': Sudden passing of 'Friends' actor James Michael Tyler leaves fans in utter shock

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James Michael Tyler, well known for his role as Gunther on 'Friends,' died of prostate cancer, according to his management. He was 59 years old at the time. Variety.com reported that Tyler died quietly at his Los Angeles home.

In September 2018, the actor was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. Tyler told his experience on 'Today' earlier this year. He also advocated for people with prostate cancer to get their first blood test as early as 40 years old.

"Michael's loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate and loving husband," his manager said in a statement.

"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."

"Warner Bros. Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family," reads a post on the official 'Friends' Twitter account.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans."

Tyler was most well-known for his performance as Gunther, a worker at the Central Perk cafe who reserves an unrequited love for Jennifer Aniston's Rachel, on the wildly popular sitcom.

Dubbed by many as "the seventh 'Friend'", the actor was a series mainstay, first appearing as a background character in the second episode of 'Friends' and returning as a guest star across the remainder of its 10-year run.

He is the most frequently recurring guest star across the series. Tyler also made an appearance via a video conference on the special 'Friends: The Reunion' earlier this year.

Beyond 'Friends', Tyler's acting credits stretch back to 1992, including series like 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch', 'Scrubs' and 'Modern Music'.

While undergoing treatment, he continued to perform, starring in two short films 'The Gesture and the Word' and 'Processing', which earned him best actor awards at several domestic and international film festivals.

(With inputs from IANS)

Fans have taken to Twitter to share condolence messages for 'Gunther' as they pay tributes to his legendary performance especially in the sitcom series 'Friends'.

Have a look:

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Published on: Monday, October 25, 2021, 10:39 AM IST
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