NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the affable assistant on the hit television show "Designing Women," has died at age 67, Los Angeles media reported on Sunday.
Taylor died Saturday near Los Angeles "after bravely fighting a terminal illness," his agent Dede Binder told the Hollywood Reporter. "His loving family was by his side."
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."
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Tom Heneghan)