James Michael Tyler, the actor best known for playing the recurring character Gunther on Friends, has died at age 59 of prostate cancer. Tyler was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018.

The official “Friends” Twitter account posted a tribute, writing, “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.”

His co-star, Jennifer Aniston posted her tribute on Instagram. “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,” she wrote.


Courteney Cox aka Monica Geller said, “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.”

Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe wrote, “James Michael Tyler, we will miss you. Thank you for being there for us all. #jamesmichealtyler.”

Matt LeBlanc aka Joey shared his still from the sets of Friends and wrote, “We had a lot of laughs buddy. You will be missed. RIP my friend.”