Jennifer Aniston led the tributes to the late Friends star James Michael Tyler.
Tyler known for playing Central Perk manager Gunther on the sitcom, passed away following a battle with cancer. He was aged 59.
Along with playing the lovable Gunther on the sitcom, Tyler also had roles in Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Scrubs.
Tyler is survived by his wife Jennifer Carno.
“The laughter you brought to the show” – Aniston on Tyler
Taking to Instagram, Aniston shared a photo of a scene involving her character Rachel and Tyler’s character during the final episode of Friends (The Last One).
“Friends would not have been the same without you”, Aniston wrote. “Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed”.
See the post here.
The sitcom’s official Twitter account also added.
“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”.
Other stars of the show to paid tribute to James Michael Tyler included Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt Le Blanc, David Schwimmer and Mathew Perry.
“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”, Cox posted via Instagram.
“We had a lot of laughs buddy. You will be missed. RIP my friend”, added Le Blanc.
Friends star, Mathew Perry who also played Chandler Bing also tweeted, “We lost a good Friend yesterday in James Michael Tyler. Gunther, you will be missed. Read in Peace”.
We lost a good Friend yesterday in James Michael Tyler. Gunther, you will be missed. Read in Peace.
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) October 25, 2021
Following his death, representatives for James Michael Tyler also released a statement.
“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”.
Kevin S Bright was an executive producer with Friends. He also paid tribute to James Michael Tyler.
“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”, he said.