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.
Other series included the cult favorite Buffalo Bill and the popular Nickelodeon comedy Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. His biggest post-Designing Women success is considered to be his role as a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 film Mannequin, as well as guest appearances on multiple shows in his later years.
Meshach Taylor died, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Bianca Ferguson, their four children and four grandchildren.