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Meshach Taylor: Terminally ill actor dies, starred in 'Designing Women'

Actor Meshach Taylor in 2002
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Sadly, Meshach Taylor, terminally ill following the diagnosis of cancer, died Saturday, according to a member of the actor's family. Taylor is best known for his role in the popular sitcom, "Designing Women" (1986-1993), where he played the character, Anthony Bouvier. Meshach (pronounced "Me-Shack") was surrounded by family members at his home in California when he passed away. He was 67, according to a June 29 Los Angeles Times report.

Meshach Taylor's terminal illness came as a bit of shocking news on social media when the family posted a statement on the veteran actor’s health crisis. No sooner than it was posted, rumors spread like wildfire on the Internet that Taylor was dead, mixed with stories that he was "on his deathbed." The news, still shocking of Meshach's health decline, was tempered a bit when his loved ones posted a moving statement about their loved one:

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."

Tariq Taylor confirmed his father's death to media sources early Sunday. And despite the premature reporting, he offered these kind words of Meshach Taylor's death after the terminal illness.

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."

Taylor wowed viewers for nearly a decade as he starred alongside "Designing Women" cast members, Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and others. However, he also appeared in other roles such as "Dave's World," "In the Heat of the Night," "The Incredible Hulk," "ALF," and many other projects.

Meshach Taylor's terminal illness is thought to be from cancer. However, an official cause of death has not been released to the general public. Just three years ago, Taylor made an appearance on a "How They Doin'?" segment of "The Wendy Williams Show," and by all accounts, he looked healthy. What's more, he didn't talk about any underlying health concerns at the time.

Reportedly, the actor transitioned while his wife of 31 years, "General Hospital" actress, Bianca Ferguson, and his children were at his bedside during hospice care.

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