After word got around that he was terminally and his family had gone to his bedside, word got out per The Urban Daily on June 28, 2014, that actor Meshach Taylor has died. Known for his comedic talent and hugely contagious smile, Taylor died late on Friday evening as he was surrounded by his family who had gathered by his bedside.
UPDATE 3:00 p.m. - June 28, 2014: RumorFix's editor-in-chief has sent me an email advising that Meshach Taylor has not passed away at this time, but is on his death bed, and some false reports went around early this morning. He has spoken with Taylor's family, and Taylor's son Tariq released this statement:
“For all the people that have given premature condolences: don’t feel bad. I am happy to feel the love. My Dad has not passed just yet, but he has begun to actively transition. Thanks again everyone for your kind words during this tough time.”
Meshach Taylor was just 67-years-old.
Reports started being passed around the Internet on Friday that Taylor had been "terminally ill," and that his family was with him in fear of the worst. Those family members included his 100-year-old mother who sat right at his bedside.
A post was made by his family on his Twitter account early on Saturday morning:
“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. Love, the Taylor Family Tariq Taylor, Yasmine Taylor, Tamar Lashae, Taylor Esme Taylor”
A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Known primarily and fondly for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the hit show "Designing Women," Taylor had a career that spanned multiple decades. It included numerous television shows, movies, and stage productions in which he starred as Lumiere in Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast."
He received an Emmy Award for his role as Jim in the WTTV production of "Huckleberry Finn."
Most recently, Meshach Taylor made a guest appearance in episode 13 of "Criminal Minds" back in January of this year.
Condolences, prayers, and thoughts go out to the whole Taylor family and those that were lucky enough to call him a friend. May he rest in peace.