Taylor's passing was not unexpected, but still tragic.
TV pro Meshach Taylor, who was best known for his role on the 80s staple Designing Women, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, June 28. He was 67. Taylor’s family announced that he had begun his transition on Friday, via a Facebook post, urging friends to get in touch. The message read: "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition. Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens. Those who need to call the family please do. Those who desire to post memories, we are open and graciously accepting all gestures of peace."
Taylor spent more than two decades as a small screen favorite.
Meshach took on the role of Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women in 1986. Playing the lovable ex-convict, surrounded by southern belles paid off for the actor, earning him nationwide recognition and an Emmy nomination during his seven-year run. After his time on Designing Women, he took on a part inanother successful comedy, Dave's World, as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson. He stayed on as Harry for four seasons.
The Emmy-nominated actor passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Meshach Taylor, star of 80s hit Designing Women, has died at age 67 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Taylor passed away at his home in California, surrounded by his family, according to TMZ. He had been in hospice care in his final days.
Meshach Taylor became a staple of American television in the 80s.
Taylor made his name in the 80s as Anthony Bouvier on the popular show and even received an Emmy nomination for his work. He later starred in the1987 comedy-romance Mannequin as a larger-than-life window dresser. He also appeared in Damien: The Omen Part II.
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