Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Dead at 67

Actor had long battled cancer

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 29, 2014 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Meshach Taylor, the actor perhaps best known for his longtime role in Designing Women, died last night at age 67 after what TMZ calls a lengthy battle with cancer. "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," said Taylor's family in a statement. Taylor also notably appeared in Mannequin, but was also active up until this year, notes CNN, with roles in In the Heat of the Night, Hannah Montana, and The Drew Carey Show. His Designing Women co-star Dixie Carter died in 2010.

Meshach Taylor and co-star Dixie Carter in "Designing Women."   (YouTube)
In this Jan. 30, 1989 file photo, actor Meshach Taylor poses during an interview in Los Angeles, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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