Actor James Michael Tyler, best known as Gunther on

Friends

, has died aged 59.

The actor suffered from prostate cancer, entertainment website

TMZ

reports

.

The actor died Sunday morning at his Los Angeles home.

"The world knew him as Gunther, the seventh Friend, from the

Friends

series

, but Michael's loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, someone who raised awareness about cancer and a loving husband," his family told

TMZ

.

"Michael loved live music, he often cheered on the Clemson Tigers, and he often found himself in fun and unexpected adventures. Once he knew him, he had a friend for life," the family said.

Tyler became widely known for his role Gunther in the hit series

Friends

.

The character worked in the coffee shop where the friends, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler, used to drink coffee.

All the while, he was in love with the character Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.

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