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Friends Stars Pay Tribute To James Michael Tyler After He Died From Prostate Cancer

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Friends Stars Pay Tribute To James Michael Tyler After He Died From Prostate Cancer

Fans of Friends are in mourning after beloved actor James Michael Tyler died from prostate cancer over the weekend.

The 59-year-old was known for playing Gunther, the quirky Central Perk barista, on the hit sitcom.

After news of his death was made public, the stars of the show raced to social media to pay their respects.

Gunther was obsessed with Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel, and she posted a beautiful tribute to her friend and former co-star.

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She wrote: "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."

Courtney Cox, who played Monica, added: "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."

David Schwimmer, who played Ross, said: "James, thank you for playing such a wonderful, unforgettable role in Friends and for being such a big hearted gentleman and all around mensch off screen. You will be missed, buddy."

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Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, posted: "We had a lot of laughs buddy. You will be missed. RIP my friend."

Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe, wrote: "James Michael Tyler, we will miss you. Thank you for being there for us all."

Many people have also been posting the quote that Rachel said to Gunther before she leaves to Paris.

He finally plucked up the courage to tell her how much he loved her after all those years of serving the team their coffee.

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While Rachel didn't feel the same way about Gunther, she replied: "When I am in a cafe, or having coffee, or I see a man with hair brighter than the sun, I'll think of you."

Credit: NBC
Credit: NBC

James had been quietly battling stage 4 prostate cancer since 2018 and was noticeably absent from the Friends reunion earlier this year.

While he appeared via video link, many questioned why he wouldn't have been invited to sit down with the crew.

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He later revealed he didn't want to be a downer on the event.

The actor eventually went public with his diagnosis in a bid to raise awareness for the disease.

His death was confirmed by a family statement, which 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.

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

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

Featured Image Credit: Derek Storm/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Friends

Stewart Perrie
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