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Tributes Paid To Friends Star James Michael Tyler

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Tributes Paid To Friends Star James Michael Tyler

Tributes have been paid to Friends star James Michael Tyler, who sadly died on Sunday at the age of 59.

The actor, who played Gunther in the hit show, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and died at home in Los Angeles on Sunday, his representatives said.

James Michael Tyler who played Gunther in Friends (Credit: Warner Bros)
James Michael Tyler who played Gunther in Friends (Credit: Warner Bros)

Now fellow stars of the show have shared their tributes to the actor, calling him a "buddy" and saying he would be "so missed".

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Jennifer Aniston was the first to share her sadness at James's passing, saying: "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," along with a broken heart emoji.

She also shared a clip of her last scene with the actor, where Gunther confessed his love to Rachel as she was planning to head off to Paris.

Courteney Cox, who played Monica, posted a photo of James as Gunther in the Central Perk coffee shop, writing: "he 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."

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Joey actor Matt Le Blanc wrote: "We had a lot of laughs buddy. You will be missed. RIP my friend," alongside a photo of the two actors on the set of the comedy show.

The official Friends account posted: "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."

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James Michael Tyler revealed in June that he'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

In a statement, his 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.

Friends ran for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004 (Credit: Warner Bros)
Friends ran for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004 (Credit: Warner Bros)

"Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and would often find himself in fun and unplanned adventures.

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"If you met him once you made a friend for life."

All 10 series of Friends are currently streaming on Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, TV News

Aneira Davies
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