James Michael Tyler, Central Perk's Gunther on 'Friends,' dies at 59 of prostate cancer

10/25/2021 1:02:00 AM

James Michael Tyler, the actor famous for playing Central Perk employee Gunther on 'Friends,' has died of prostate cancer. He was 59.

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James Michael Tyler, the actor famous for playing Central Perk employee Gunther on ' Friends ,' has died of prostate cancer. He was 59.

James Michael Tyler, who starred as Central Perk employee Gunther on ' Friends ,' has died at 59 of prostate cancer. He shared his diagnosis in June.

"It's Stage 4, late stage cancer, so eventually, it's gonna probably get me," Tyler said. While he expressed regret for not getting tested sooner, Tyler became an advocate for early testing."My goal this past year was to see my 59th birthday. I did that, May 28th," he said. "My goal now is to help save at least one life by coming out with this news."

While undergoing treatment, Tyler starred in two short films: "The Gesture and the Word" and"Processing.""Even three days ago he said to me how proud he was to win awards for his short films," Benson said.In 2021, Tyler's spoken word performance of Stephen Kalinich’s poem"If You Knew" was adapted into a short video to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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RIP, Condolence too the family... 'He was young...' RIP. he looked a cool guy for a side actor. Among Tyler’s co-stars paying tribute was Jennifer Aniston. 'Friends would not have been the same without you,' she wrote on Instagram with a broken heart emoji. 'Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed.'

This is sad. He's not an ordinary 'the other guy' everytime Rachel was on set. So sad! Sad. R.I.P what Oh man. Bummer. He was a fellow Mississippian Mr_JCE I’m sorry. James was young. That’s what killed my father after it spread to his kidneys. He was 77 and had it from 1965-1981. I’m engaged in this, because this is how was how I saw post about Mrs cryptyFlora and decided to give it a try too and luckily it has been well with good results, so I highly recommend cryptyflora

James Michael Tyler, Gunther the Central Perk Barista on ‘Friends,’ Dies at 59The actor died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with prostate cancer. After going public with his diagnosis earlier this year, Tyler stated, “My goal this past year was to see my 59th birthday. I did that. My goal now is to at least save one life” 💔💔💔😭 he never got to be Rachel's husband RIP

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James Michael Tyler, actor who played Gunther on 'Friends,' dies at 59The actor 'passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning after losing his life to prostate cancer,' according to his family. Such sad news 😢😢 My thoughts and prayers are with his family 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Praying for this family! 🙏

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June 21, 2021 "It's Stage 4, late stage cancer, so eventually, it's gonna probably get me," Tyler said.James Michael Tyler, who portrayed the neglected Central Perk barista Gunther on all 10 seasons of Friends , has died after a battle with prostate cancer., died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday after battling Stage 4 prostate cancer, Deadline has confirmed.in September 2018," they shared.

While he expressed regret for not getting tested sooner, Tyler became an advocate for early testing. "My goal this past year was to see my 59th birthday. Tyler died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles, his rep confirmed. I did that, May 28th," he said. He confirmed the “late-stage cancer” had spread to his bones and spine, leading to paralysis of his lower body. "My goal now is to help save at least one life by coming out with this news. Tyler on the Today show in June that he had stage 4 prostate cancer that had spread to his bones; he said he was first diagnosed in September 2018 during a routine physical." While undergoing treatment, Tyler starred in two short films: "The Gesture and the Word" and"Processing. Alexander Kacala Alexander Kacala is a reporter and editor at TODAY Digital and NBC OUT.

" "Even three days ago he said to me how proud he was to win awards for his short films," Benson said. I did that,” he said. He said the cancer mutated “right at the time of the pandemic. In 2021, Tyler's spoken word performance of Stephen Kalinich’s poem"If You Knew" was adapted into a short video to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Michael is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, Carno was described as the"the love of his life, ever united in good times, in sickness, and for eternity.” Tyler was working as a barista at the Bourgeois Pig coffee shop on Franklin Avenue near Hollywood when he was asked to stand in the background and work the levers of the Central Perk espresso machine on the NBC sitcom." . He moved to live with a sister in South Carolina.