Meshach Taylor, best known for playing Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women, died on Saturday. He was 67.

Meshach Taylor Dies

Taylor lost his battle with a terminal illness at his Los Angeles home surrounded by his family, his agent Dede Binder told CNN. During his last days, Taylor's health declined rapidly.

"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 family said in a statement.

Before his breakout in Designing Women with Dixie Carter and Annie Potts in 1986, Taylor had made appearances in small roles in a number of movies and on a variety of TV programs. After Designing Women wrapped in 1993, Meshach worked regularly on TV, including as Shel Baylor in Dave’s World, in Ned’s Classified School Survival Guide, Hannah Montana and others. His last TV appearance was in Criminal Minds earlier this year.

Taylor received an Emmy nomination in 1989 for Designing Women.

He is survived by his wife, Bianca Ferguson, four children and four grandchildren.

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