UPDATE: “Designing Women” Star Meshach Taylor Has Died From Cancer


UPDATE: Deadline reports that Mesach Taylor has died after battling cancer and was surrounded by his wife, mother and children when he passed away.  His longtime agent Dede Binder said, “He was one of the good ones who was well respected in our community and rightly so. He was wonderful spirit full of life, and I had the honor of representing him. I know when people think of him, they smile.” The site also notes that Taylor was an activist for LGBT equality.

We previously reported:

Veteran actor Mesach Taylor is reported to be near death, according to a post on the 67-year-old actor’s Facebook page. Best-known to Queerty readers of a certain age for his indelible work as Anthony Bouvier, the sensible foil to Delta Burke’s outrageously politically incorrect Suzanne Sugarbaker on the long-running (1986-93) and eternally beloved sitcom Designing Women, Taylor also costarred as a flamboyant gay window dresser in the popular 1987 comedy film Mannequin. Some earlier reports claimed that the actor had already passed away but those claims have recently been refuted. The Facebook note reads:

“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”

Watch Taylor discuss his career with Wendy Williams in 2011 below.

H/t: Perez Hilton