James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther in Friends, has died aged 59

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James Michael Tyler, astir celebrated for playing Gunther, the manager of Central Perk successful the deed sitcom Friends, has died aged 59.

In an interrogation with NBC successful June 2021, Tyler announced that helium had signifier 4 prostate cancer, which was diagnosed successful 2018.

“The satellite knew him arsenic Gunther … but Michael’s loved ones knew him arsenic an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband,’ his household said successful a statement.

“Michael loved unrecorded music, cheering connected his Clemson Tigers, and would often find himself successful amusive and unplanned adventures. If you met him erstwhile you made a person for life.”

In May, helium had appeared connected Friends: The Reunion but was incapable to be successful idiosyncratic owed to his wellness issues. Appearing alternatively via Zoom, Tyler said: “It was the astir memorable 10 years of my life, honestly.

“I could not person imagined conscionable a amended experience. All these guys were fantastic and conscionable a joyousness to enactment with. It felt very, precise special.”

Tyler said helium didn’t uncover his unwellness earlier past because: “I didn’t privation it to beryllium similar ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer’.”

Tyler besides appeared successful Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs and an occurrence of the BBC’s Episodes other his Friends co-star Matt LeBlanc. But helium was champion known for his Friends role, and appeared regularly astatine instrumentality events since the amusement ended.

Gunther was a steadfast instrumentality favourite connected Friends due to the fact that of his deadpan transportation of some lines and java – and his unrequited emotion for Jennifer Aniston’s quality Rachel Greene.

He yet admitted his feelings successful the finale, erstwhile helium recovered retired Rachel was owed to determination to Paris. She replies: “I emotion you excessively … astir apt not successful the aforesaid way. But erstwhile I’m successful a cafe having java and I spot a antheral with hairsbreadth brighter than the sun, I’ll deliberation of you.”