James Michael Tyler, Who Played Gunther In

His manager, BuzzFeed News, said that Tyler, who had been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer in September 2018, passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home.
James Michael Tyler, an actor most well-known for his role as Gunther in Friends, was diagnosed with cancer on Sunday. He was 59 years old.

His manager stated that he was known as Gunther from Friends. But Michaels' loved ones knew him more as an actor, musician and cancer-awareness advocate.

Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, was a memorable character that appeared as a barista in Central Perk, where the six friends spent a lot of their time.

Because of his health issues, he participated in the Friends reunion special in May 2021. However, he appeared via Zoom. He didn't reveal his diagnosis of cancer until a month later. Then, he spoke out with Today on NBC about why he couldn't attend the reunion in person.

Tyler's prostate-specific antigen screening test was performed by his doctor during a routine physical. Tyler's cancer was found. He told Today that he was more likely to survive if he had been notified sooner.

Tyler stated, "My goal for the past year was to reach my 59th Birthday. I achieved that." "My goal is to save at least one human life."