Actor James Michael Tyler
Actor James Michael Tyler REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Actor James Michael Tyler, best known for his portrayal of the character Gunther on the NBC sitcom ‘Friends’ died Sunday, following a battle with cancer. He was 59.

"James Michael Tyler Our Gunther passed away last night. He was an incredible person who spent his final days helping others. God bless you James, Gunther lives forever," tweeted Kevin Bright, producer of ‘Friends’.

NBC’s Twitter account for ‘Friends’ also offered a tribute to Tyler in a tweet Sunday: "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."

Tyler was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, but did not go public with his illness until June 2021.