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‘Friends’ actor James Michael Tyler dies at 59 of prostate cancer

James Michael Tyler, who played the role of Gunther on the hit TV show ‘Friends,’ has died at 59. His manager confirmed that Tyler died on Sunday, peacefully at his home, saying in a statement: “If you met him once you made a friend for life. [He] is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of his life. Wanting to help as many people as possible, he bravely shared his story and became a campaigner for those with a prostate to get a… blood test as early as 40-years-old.”  In June, Tyler revealed he was battling stage 4 prostate cancer.

Tyler was well-known for his role as Gunther, the Central Perk coffee shop manager, who had an unrequited crush on Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) throughout the show’s run. While best known for Friends, his other onscreen credits include Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Showtime’s Episodes, and Scrubs.

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