Emmy nominated actor Meshach Taylor died on Saturday, June 28 at the age of 67 from cancer, his rep confirmed to People magazine. The actor is best known for his role as the lovable Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom "Designing Women."
He played an ex-convict-turned-assistant at the fictitious Sugarbaker interior design firm in Atlanta from 1986 to 1993. His rep told People that Taylor died in his Los Angeles area home surrounded by his family.
On Friday, the actor's family posted on Facebook that Taylor's health had taken a turn for the worse.
"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," the family wrote. "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. Love, the Taylor family."
The actor got an Emmy-nomination for his portrayal as Anthony Bouvier. Taylor has also appeared in numerous other shows like "Dave's World," "In The Heat of the Night," Disney's "Hannah Montana," and "All of Us."
According to his IMDb page, he most recently appeared on two episodes of "Criminal Minds," with the most recent episode airing last year. Fox News reports that the Hollywood star first started acting in community shows in New Orleans, where his father worked as Dillard University's dean of students.
Taylor is survived by his wife, Bianca Ferguson, and four children, Tariq Taylor, Yasmine Taylor, Esme Taylor, and Tamar Taylor.