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James Michael Tyler Also Known As Gunther From 'Friends' Lost His Life To Cancer

Oct. 24 2021, Published 6:20 p.m. ET

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James Michael Tyler, who is well known for his character named Gunther in the 90's hit sitcom Friends, passed away at the age of 59 after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

His representative confirmed the news, claiming he died peacefully at his LA home Sunday morning.

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Following his death, Tyler's family issued a statement remembering the life that the actor had lived.

"The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh Friend), from the hit series Friends, but Michael's loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband," the statement read. "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."

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Tyler was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and but kept it a secret till earlier this year.

"I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones," he revealed. "I've been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years...It's stage 4 (now). Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it's gonna probably get me."

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Tyler had appeared in over 150 episodes of the sitcom playing the character of Gunther who is the manager of the coffee shop called Central Perk Cafe.

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