Friends Actor Gunther Passed away at age of 59

Ankita Gurung
Ankita Gurung

Actor James Michael Tyler, best known for portraying the role of Gunther on the hit sitcom ‘Friends’, passed away at the age of 59.

He also worked on several other projects such as ‘Scrubs’, ‘Modern Music’, and ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’. In May, Tyler made a brief virtual appearance on the ‘Friends’ reunion special. Tyler had been battling prostate cancer since 2018. As soon as the shocking news of his death spread, not just fans but also his ‘Friends’ co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox mourned in grief. Apart from this many Bollywood celebs including Anushka Sharma, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kareena Kapoor Khan & others were left heart broken.

Taking to Instagram, Jennifer penned a heartfelt tribute for Tyler, who breathed his last on Sunday. She wrote, “Friends would not have been the same without you. Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed #JamesMichaelTyler.”

Alongside the note, Jennifer took a stroll down memory lane and posted a video clip featuring one of her scenes with Tyler. For the unversed, Tyler played the role of a waiter and manager in the show’s coffee house, Central Perk.

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Courteney, too, penned an emotional note on her Instagram account. “The size of gratitude you brought into the room and showed every day on set is the size of the gratitude I hold for having known you. Rest In peace James,” she grieved.

Tyler’s demise has also left Matt LeBlanc saddened. “We had a lot of laughs buddy. You will be missed. RIP my friend,” he wrote. Warner Bros. Television, which produced the hit series, mourned the death of Tyler, “a beloved actor and integral part of our ‘Friends’ family.”

Apart from them, many from the Hindi film industry mourned his shocking demise. Anushka Sharma shared a post on Instagram story and put a broken heart emoji. While for Kareena, she shared a still from the Friends and captioned it with a broken heart.

James Michael Tyler, known for his iconic role as Gunther in the TV sitcom, FRIENDS, passed away at the age of 59, following a long drawn battle with prostate cancer. He breathed his last at his Los Angeles home, three years after his diagnosis. Condolences have been pouring in from FRIENDS’ ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow as well as Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, Samantha Ruth among others.

Warner Bros took to their social media handle to reveal James Michael Tyler’s demise, noting that he was one of the ‘beloved’ actors and an integral part of the FRIENDS family. They further stated that their condolences were with his family, friends, colleagues, and fans.

Bollywood celebrities pay tribute to James Michael Tyler

Taking to her Instagram stories today, Kareena Kapoor shared a still of the late actor from the sitcom along with a heartbreak emoji. Meanwhile, Anushka Sharma and Samantha Ruth shared a post by Pubity along with broken heart emojis. The Pubity post shared a string of James’ photos along with a note about his demise.

Actor Ali Fazal also shared the photo of the innocent coffee manager at the Central Perk coffee shop and wrote “Rest in peace.” Condoling his death, Kriti Kharbanda took to her Instagram stories and wrote, “My Heart. RIP Gunther”.

Tyler’s demise has additionally left Matt LeBlanc saddened. “We had a number of laughs buddy. You may be missed. RIP my good friend,” he wrote. Warner Bros. Tv, which produced the hit collection, mourned the dying of Tyler, “a beloved actor and integral a part of our ‘Mates’ household.”

Anushka Sharma’s put up for James Michael Tyler
Based on his consultant Toni Benson, Tyler breathed his final on Sunday at his residence in Los Angeles. “The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Good friend’), from the hit collection Mates, however Michael’s family members knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband,” the consultant stated in an announcement.


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