'Designing Women' Actor Meshach Taylor Dies of Cancer
Meshach Taylor, who is famous for his role on 1980s hit sitcom "Designing Women", died of cancer in his house in Altadena, California on June 28. He was 67. His agent Dede Binder confirmed the sad news.
Dede said Meshach "passed away after bravely fighting a terminal illness. His loving family was by his side." He added, "When you think of Meshach it will hopefully bring a smile to your face because he brought a lot of joy in his life." Meshach was reported being surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and his mother at the time of his passing.
On Friday, Meshach's family posted a statement on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook, "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," they continued, "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. Love, the Taylor family."
Meshach is mostly remembered for his role on "Designing Women" where he played the lovable assistant, Anthony Bouvier, at the Sugarbaker interior design firm in Atlanta. He starred along with Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, and Jean Smart. After the series was canceled, Meshach immediately segued into another CBS sitcom, "Dave's World", where he played plastic surgeon Sheldon Baylor.
In 2001, Meshach recalled his "Designing Women" days, "I miss that character. I miss the situations he got himself into. I miss his vulnerability. That's what's so nice about playing that character - he really did care for these people so much he was very vulnerable because of his feelings, especially Suzanne (Burke) and the situations she would always involve him in."
Meshach also made appearances on other series like "Buffalo Bill" and "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide". Meanwhile, his movie appearances included in 1978's horror movie "Damien: The Omen Part II" which marked his big-screen debut and in 1987's comedy-romance movie "Mannequin".
He became a guest star on a number of TV series, including "Criminal Minds", "Hannah Montana" and "The Drew Carey Show".
Meshach is survived by his wife Bianca Ferguson and four children Tariq, Yasmine, Tamar and Esme.
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