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Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox were among the stars who took to social media on Sunday to pay tribute to their Friends co-star James Michael Tyler, who died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles following a three-year battle with stage four prostate cancer.
Aniston, 52, shared photos of the late actor, writing: “Friends wouldn’t have been the same without you. “
She continued, ‘Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. We will miss you so much, ”adding the hashtag #JamesMichaelTyler and a heartbroken emoji.
Memorials: Jennifer Aniston, 52, and Courteney Cox, 57, were among the stars who took to social media on Sunday to pay tribute to their late Friends co-star James Michael Tyler, who died at 59 at his Los Angeles home on Sunday
Cox, 57, wrote: “The size of the gratitude you’ve brought into the room and shown on set every day is the size of the gratitude I feel for knowing you. Rest in peace James. ‘
Matt LeBlanc, 54, shared photos of Tyler on the show, writing, “We had a lot of laughs, mate. We will miss you. RIP my friend.
Lisa Kudrow, 58, wrote: “James Michael Tyler, you will be missed. Thank you for being there for all of us.
A representative for the actor, who played Gunther on the hit NBC series, confirmed the actor’s passing on TMZ earlier Sunday.
The stars, seen at the reunion of friends earlier this year, shared poignant words in memory of their late co-star
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Matt LeBlanc shared photos of Tyler on the show, writing, “We had a lot of laughs, mate. We will miss you. RIP my friend ‘
Lisa Kudrow wrote: “Thanks for being there for all of us”
RIP: Friends actor James Michael Tyler died at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday at 59 after a three-year battle with stage four prostate cancer. He was photographed in London in 2015
The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh “Friend”) from the hit series “Friends”, but those close to Michael knew him as an actor, musician, cancer awareness advocate and husband. loving, ”his family said in a statement.
His family continued, “Michael loved live music, cheered on his Clemson Tigers and often found himself on fun and unforeseen adventures. If you’ve met him once, you’ve made a lifelong friend.
The actor was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and didn’t publicly reveal his fight until early this year.
Tyler had appeared in 150 episodes of the hit series during its 1994-2004 airing. He had also appeared on shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Modern Music, Just Shoot Me! and Scrubs.
Tyler is survived by his large Jennifer Carno.
The beloved actor appeared on the Special Reunion of Friends earlier this year
He was seen opposite David Schwimmer in a 2002 episode of the NBC hit
Courageous: Tyler last June revealed details of his battle with cancer appearing on the Today show
Tyler last June revealed details of his battle with cancer appearing on the Today show.
“I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones,” he said. “I have been confronted with this diagnosis for almost three years… It is stage four. Advanced cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s probably going to get me.
He said he was diagnosed after a September 2018 exam in which he recorded “an extraordinarily high number” for a “prostate specific antigen”.
“I knew immediately when I went online and saw the results of my blood test and my blood tests that there was obviously something wrong there,” he said. -he declares. “Almost immediately my doctor called me and said, ‘Hey, I need you to come over tomorrow because I suspect you might have a pretty serious problem with your prostate. “
The actor was seen performing with Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston on the show
The actor, seen in June after chemotherapy treatment, was a cancer awareness advocate
He said after a year of effective hormone therapy, his cancer had spread amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I missed a test, which was not a good thing,” he said. “So the cancer decided to mutate around the time of the pandemic, so it progressed. “
Tyler appeared on the Reunion of Friends special on HBO Max last May via Zoom.
“I wanted to be a part of it, and initially I was going to be on stage, at least, with them, and be able to participate in all the festivities,” he said on the Today show. “I was very happy to be included.
“It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and to make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t want to put the brakes on it, you know?” I didn’t mean to be like, “Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer. “
The actor was born in Winona, Mississippi on May 28, 1962 and raised in Anderson, South Carolina with his sister after the death of his parents.
He graduated from Clemson University in 1984 and received an MA from the University of Georgia in 1987. The following year he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a production assistant, as well as at establishments such as Guitar Center and the Bourgeois Pig, before it was cast on Friends.
Fans paid tribute to the late actor via social media on Sunday