As reported by his manager, “Tyler died peacefully in his own home in Los Angeles.” He was married to Jennifer Carno. “If you’ve met him once, you’ve made a friend for life,” the actor’s manager said goodbye.
For 3 years he has been fighting cancer
In 2018, Tyler was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer that later spread to the bones. The actor wanted to help as many people as possible and began to speak out loud about his illness.
James Michael Tyler has starred in over a dozen films and series, but his most distinctive role is that of the series “Friends”. There he played Gunther – the manager of the Central Perk cafe who had a crush on Rachel, one of the main characters of the series played by Jennifer Aniston.
“The world knew him as the seventh friend”
Tyler played for over 10 years on the series, appearing in 148 out of 236 episodes, making him the most-recurring supporting actor on a sitcom. And although he was not one of six friends, he is well liked by fans.
The world knew him as Gunther (seventh friend) … but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer awareness advocate and loving husband, his manager said.
More recently, Tyler was involved in filming a special episode of “Friends: The Reunion” which aired in May. The actor said his role in the series “Friends” was “the most memorable 10 years of his life”.
I couldn’t have imagined a better experience, he said.
Fans pay tribute to the deceased actor
Warner Bros. Television, one of the co-producers on the sitcom, points out that Tyler was “a beloved actor and an integral part of our family of friends.” Many fans of “Friends” pay tribute to Tyler on social media. They point out that the actor’s departure is a very sad day and share their favorite memories with him on the screen. The actor also said goodbye to the official profile of “Friends” in social media.
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