The American actor James Michael Tyler, who played the waiter Gunther in the hit series "Friends", died of prostate cancer.

His manager Toni Benson announced that he died on Sunday (local time) in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 59.

"Warner Bors.

Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and an important part of our Friends family, ”said the Twitter account of the series produced by the Warner Bros. Television studio.

"Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, colleagues and fans."

In the hit series of the 1990s, which revolved around the life of a group of young friends in New York, Tyler played alongside Jennifer Aniston, among others.

He also appeared in the series "Scrubs - The Beginners" and "Sabrina - Totally Verhext!"

Talked openly about illness

Tyler made his cancer public in June.

In September 2018, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which had also spread to his bones, Tyler told NBC at the time.

“I've had to deal with this diagnosis for almost three years.

It is now in its final stages.

It will probably get me at some point. "

Tyler was only able to take part briefly via video on a “Friends” special program in the spring.

He said he didn't spoil the mood, but wanted to be there anyway.