Friends actor James Michael Tyler passed away (aged 59)

James Michael Tyler, best known for his role as Gunther in the popular sitcom Friends has died at the age of 59 from the effects of prostate cancer. Fans and colleagues reacted with shock and sadness via social media to the death of the beloved actor.

James Michael Tyler from hit series Friends has died at age 59

The family of James Michael Tyler has informed TMZ that the actor has died at the age of 59 from the effects of prostate cancer. They recount:

“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. 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.”

Fans and colleagues respond via social media

Through social media, people are reacting with shock and sadness to the death of the actor. For example, fellow Friend Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) let it be known that the series would not have been the same without him and fans wish the man with her brighter than the sun rest in peace.

Learn more about Friends

This popular sitcom is about six befriended twenty-somethings and their comedic adventures at work, home and in love in 1990s Manhattan.

Duration10 seasons
CategoryComedy, Romance
IMDb8,8 from 906.000 votes
MakersDavid Crane, Marta Kauffman
CastJennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, James Michael Tyler, Christina Pickles, Maggie Wheeler