Updated: TMZ has confirmed Designing Women star Meschach Taylor died Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Taylor's family says he passed away at his home in California while surrounded by loved ones.
According to his family via social media, Emmy-Award nominated actor, Meshach Taylor, is terminally ill and appears to be transitioning to heaven. He has been battling cancer for two years. Initial reports stated that the actor had died on Friday at the age of 67. Meshach's son, Tariq Taylor, is quoted as saying:
|Facebook Post from Meshach Taylor's Family|
Taylor is best known for his role on "Designing Women." He recently made a guest appearance on episode 13 of CRIMINAL MINDS, “The Road Home” in Januray 2014. He also appeared onstage at Ensemble Studio Theater-LA in Keliher Walsh’s Year of the Rabbit, playing Vietnam vet JC Bridges, who upon returning from his first tour in Vietnam in 1967, experienced hatred and racism in the turbulent States.
Taylor’s first professional gig was in a National tour of Hair. He honed his craft in repertory theater as a member of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and the Organic Theater Company alongside Mantegna, André De Shields, Dennis Franz, Keith Szarabajka, Jack Wallace, and director Stuart Gordon. While in Chicago, he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, and an Emmy Award for his role as Jim in the WTTV production of “Huckleberry Finn.” In 1998, Taylor made his Broadway debut as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, alongside Toni Braxton.