Gunther

James Michael Tyler, who most famously starred as Gunther in Friends, has died aged 59. ‘Tyler passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning,’ a statement from his manager said. It added: ‘If you met him once you made a friend for life. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of his life.’

Tyler was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018 which later spread to his bones.

Gunther appeared in almost 150 episodes of Friends from 1994 to 2004.  Paying tribute to Tyler, Jennifer Aniston wrote on her Instagram page: ‘Friends would not have been the same without you. Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed.’

DoI Workings

The DoI will be working to improve a zebra crossing on Queen’s Promenade in Ramsey this week. Starting today, the crossing will be suspended while the work is ongoing. Elsewhere the DoI is beginning a multi week programme to improve drainage on the Douglas to Peel road. The works will be ongoing around the Greeba Castle area with, you guessed it, temporary traffic lights in operation 24 hours a day. The dept says the work will continue into late November.

Backlog

The NHS in England is to receive an extra £5.9bn in this week’s Budget, the government has announced. The money will be used to help clear the record backlog of people waiting for tests and scans, which has been worsened by the pandemic, and also to buy equipment and improve IT. More details are due on Wednesday, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak called the money ‘game-changing’. Health bodies welcomed the cash, but said staff shortages need to be fixed.

Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts has announced she is to undergo surgery for bowel cancer. Roberts, 42, who hosts Weekend Breakfast, said she was diagnosed at the start of the month and would have surgery to remove a tumour on Monday.

‘So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything,’ she said.

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