Meshach Taylor of Designing Women Dies at 67

Meshach Taylor

Meshach Taylor of Designing Women Dies at 67

The Emmy-nominated actor passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Published June 29, 2014

Famed actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role in the hit sitcom Designing Women, died at 67 years old on Saturday, June 28, after a long battle with cancer, CNN reports. 

According to The Los Angeles Times, Taylor was in hospice care at his family's Altadena home prior to his passing. He spent his last days surrounded by his wife, children, and mother.

Taylor, who was nominated for an Emmy in 1989, was most known for his role as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant to four leading female characters on Designing Women. He also grew famous for playing Hollywood Montrose in the '89 cult classic film Mannequin, as well as a slew of hit television shows including Hannah Montana, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and The Drew Carey Show.

His family sang his praises when annoucning their dear relative's passing via Facebook, "It is with love and gratitude that we surrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," they wrote. 

Our condolences to his fans, friends and family.  

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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