Friends cast lead tributes after Gunter star James Michael Tyler dies

The executive producer of Friends has led tributes to actor James Michael Tyler who has died aged 59 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The star was beloved by millions of fans for his portrayal of Gunther, the quirky coffee shop manager with bleached hair and an unrequited love for Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel.

Tyler died at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday, his representatives said.

Tributes have started to pour in after news broke of the actor’s death, with Kevin S Bright hailing Tyler an “incredible person”.

The executive producer on Friends said: “James Michael Tyler Our Gunther passed away last night. He was an incredible person who spent his final days helping others.

“God bless you James, Gunther lives forever.”

The official Friends Twitter account said: “Warner Bros Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our Friends family.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.”

In June, Tyler revealed he had prostate cancer, telling a US TV show he was diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease in 2018 which had spread to his bones.

In a statement announcing his death, Tyler’s representatives said: “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.”

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