Designing Women and Mannequin actor Meshach Taylor dies of cancer aged 67

The actor’s family confirmed the news on his Facebook page

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Meshach Taylor, famous for his roles in US show Designing Women and Eighties comedy film Mannequin, has died from bowel cancer, aged 67.

The actor passed away at his Los Angeles home on Saturday 28 June.

“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,” a family statement shared on his Facebook page read.

“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 Tariq Taylor Yasmine Taylor Tamar Lashae Taylor Esme Taylor”

Born in Boston on 11 April, 1947, Taylor began his acting career in theatre before landing one of his best-known roles as Anthony Bouvier in CBS series Designing Women, which ran from 1986 to 1993.

His performance earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1989 for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 1987, he featured in cult classic film Mannequin, playing flamboyant window dresser Hollywood Montrose, alongside Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.

His other acting credits include Dave's World, The Incredible Hulk and ALF. He is survived by his widow Bianca, four children and his 100-year-old mother.