Recognized finest for enjoying Gunther on “Buddies,” James Michael Tyler has died, TODAY has confirmed. He was 59 years outdated.
The actor “handed away peacefully at residence in Los Angeles on Sunday morning after shedding his life to prostate most cancers,” in response to his household.
“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Good friend’), from the hit collection ‘Buddies,’ however Michael’s family members knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband,” his household’s assertion continued. “Michael cherished stay music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and would usually discover himself in enjoyable and unplanned adventures. For those who met him when you made a buddy for all times.”
“Michael was first diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in September 2018,” they shared. “Wanting to assist as many individuals as attainable, he bravely shared his story and have become a campaigner for these with a prostate to get a primary PSA blood take a look at as early as 40 years outdated.”
“I used to be 56 years outdated on the time, they usually display screen for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen,” Tyler told Craig Melvin earlier this year. “That got here again at a very excessive quantity … So I knew instantly after I went on-line and I noticed the outcomes of my blood take a look at and blood work that there was clearly one thing fairly incorrect there. Practically instantly, my physician known as me and mentioned ‘Hey, I would like you to return in tomorrow as a result of I think that you will have fairly a major problem along with your prostate.'”
After further testing, Tyler was identified with stage 4 prostate cancer.
“Numerous males, in the event that they catch this early, it is simply treatable,” he careworn. “I do not need individuals to should undergo what I have been going by. This isn’t … a simple course of.”
Tyler mentioned that all through the method, he had been surrounded by an “extraordinary” help group with lots of “individuals praying” for his well being.
“It is made me, personally, simply notice how necessary each second is, each day,” he mentioned. “And combating. Do not surrender. Preserve combating. Preserve your self as gentle as attainable. And have objectives. Set objectives. My objective this previous 12 months was to see my 59th birthday. I did that, Might twenty eighth. My objective now could be to assist save not less than one life by popping out with this news.”
Tyler is survived by his spouse, Jennifer Carno.
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