Taylor died on Saturday at his home near Los Angeles after an
18-month battle with colorectal cancer that had spread to his
liver, agent Dede Binder told Reuters.
"He fought valiantly and died surrounded by his loving family,"
On Friday, Taylor's family posted on his Facebook page that he
had begun to slip away.
"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," the statement said.
Taylor's portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on the sitcom "Designing
Women," which ran from 1986 to 1993 and starred Annie Potts and
Delta Burke, earned him rave reviews for his demeanor and comic
timing as he sparred with four Southern interior decorators.
Taylor also starred in the 1987 movie "Mannequin" and appeared
in other television shows, including "Dave's World," "The
Incredible Hulk" and "ALF."
His survivors include his wife of 30 years, four children and
his 100-year-old mother, Binder said.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Colleen Jenkins,
Tom Heneghan and Sandra Maler)
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