Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67.

The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times.

His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press.

QUOTED: Jean Smart Will Really Miss Dixie Carter

"Dixie was such an amazing person. She was gorgeous, hilarious, incredibly talented and so devoted to her family. There was no one else like her and I was completely crazy about her. She exuded joy. Richard and I will really miss her and our hearts go out to her beautiful family."

• Jean Smart on how she and husband Richard Gilliland, who she married after meeting on the set of Designing Women, will miss their dear friend and costar.
– Lisa Ingrassia

Dixie Carter Dies at Age 70

Television and Broadway actress Dixie Carter passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70.

“This has been a terrible blow to our family,” her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, said in a statement. “We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.”

Carter died from complications arising from endometrial cancer, publicist Steve Rohr tells PEOPLE.