The 59-year-old actor, who played Gunther in the beloved sitcom, announced the sad news on Monday that he has been secretly battling the disease since 2018, but only went public with his diagnosis this week.
Speaking on TODAY, James Michael Tyler explained that the disease had already spread to other parts of his body by the time doctors identified it three years ago.
Tyler explained, ‘I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones. I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years… it’s stage 4. Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.’
He added, ‘I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen. That came back at an extraordinarily high number. So I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there.’
‘Nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, ‘Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.’, Tyler concluded.