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26th Oct 2021

Friends fans everywhere mourn the loss of James Michael Tyler

Katy Thornton

He was an integral part of the Friends family, and he will be sorely missed

James Michael Tyler, best known for his iconic role as Central Perk manager Gunther in Friends, passed away on Sunday 24th October at the age of 59. He had been battling prostate cancer since 2018.

Tyler played Gunther in all ten seasons of Friends, and appeared in more than half of the episodes over the years. Tyler also appeared via video link in the Friends reunion that took place over the summer.

Jennifer Aniston took to Instagram to mourn his loss, uploading a clip from the final episode of Friends, and her final scene with Tyler. The caption read: “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.” Matt Le Blanc, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow also posted an Instagram tribute to the actor.

We are devastated by this news, and to quote Rachel Green, “when I’m in a café, having coffee, or I see a man with hair brighter than the sun, I’ll think of you.” I think we all will.

Header image via Instagram/friends

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