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‘Friends’ Cast Pay Tribute to Late Co-Star James Michael Tyler

The 'Friends' cast shared tributes to late co-star James Michael Tyler following his passing over the weekend,
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The Friends cast is honoring a beloved member of their TV family.

James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on the long-running show, sadly passed away on Sunday, October 24 following a battle with prostate cancer.

After the news broke, some of the 59-year-old’s former co-stars shared beautiful tributes on social media honoring their late friend.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox & More Share Tributes

Jennifer Aniston posted a video of herself and Tyler from the show, as well as photos of the actor.

Friends would not have been the same without you,” she wrote.

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“Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed #JamesMichaelTyler.”

Courteney Cox also shared a photo of Tyler on her page alongside the caption, “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 posted the same photo as Cox and wrote, “James Michael Tyler, we will miss you. Thank you for being there for us all.”

David Schwimmer 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.”

Finally, Matt LeBlanc shared photos of his character, Joey, with Tyler and included the caption, “We had a lot of laughs buddy. You will be missed. RIP my friend.”

Tyler Was Diagnosed in September 2018

The actor was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2018. He then revealed on the Today show in June that it had advanced to stage 4.

“Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me. I missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing,” he explained.

“So the cancer decided to mutate at the time of the pandemic, and so it’s progressed. There are other options available to men if they catch it before me. 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.”

Tyler also made a virtual appearance during the Friends reunion that aired on HBO Max back in late May, though his cancer diagnosis was not public at the time.