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‘Friends’ Alum Dies After Cancer Battle


James Michael Tyler.
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Rest in peace. James Michael Tyler, greatest identified for his position as Gunther on Friends died on Sunday, October 24, after battling stage 4 prostate most cancers. He was 59.

The actor died within the consolation of his dwelling on Sunday morning, his rep confirmed to TMZ.

News of Tyler’s loss of life comes after the actor spoke about his situation throughout a June 2021 episode of Today. “I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones,” he mentioned. “I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. … It’s stage 4 [now]. Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.”

The Friends fan favourite revealed he obtained a screening for a “prostate-specific antigen” throughout a routine checkup in September 2018. “That came back at an extraordinarily high number,” he defined. “So I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there. Nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, ‘Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.’”

After further testing, Tyler was identified and referred to a specialist at UCLA. He quickly started hormone remedy, which “worked amazingly for about a year” and allowed him to “go about life regularly,” he revealed on the time.

His early therapy was comparatively profitable till the most cancers unfold throughout the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. He realized the illness had unfold to his bones, which causes paralysis within the decrease half of his physique.

“I missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing,” Tyler added. “So the cancer decided to mutate at the time of the pandemic, and so it’s progressed. … Next time you go in for just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. It’s easily detectable. … If it spreads beyond the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my form, it can be a lot more difficult to deal with.”

The former Scrubs visitor star began chemotherapy to “aggressively” battle the illness after it unfold.

Due to his therapy, Tyler was unable to attend the taping of the HBO Max Friends reunion, which debuted in May 2021, in particular person. Instead, he appeared through Zoom and referred to as the expertise “bittersweet.”

“I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities,” he informed the Today hosts in June. “I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know? … I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.’”

The Missouri native was broadly identified for taking part in Central Perk supervisor Gunther on the favored sitcom. According to an April 2018 interview with Insider, Gunther was created as a result of Tyler was the one additional on set who knew learn how to work the espresso machine prop. His character went from being an unnamed barista within the background to the beloved snarky espresso store supervisor, who had a large crush on Rachel (performed by Jennifer Aniston).

“I learned so much just by being around them and our crew and cast – everyone was absolutely a master of the game,” Tyler informed Insider about his expertise on the New York-based sitcom. “I was just observing how great TV is made.”

He additionally appeared in episodes of Sabrina The Teenage WitchScrubsEpisodes and Modern Music.

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