Report: Andy Griffith, Famed Television Sheriff, Dies at 86

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Andy Griffith at the Freedom Awards ceremony at the White House on Nov. 9, 2005

[UPDATED: 1:00 p.m.]

Television icon Andy Griffith died on July 3 at his North Carolina home, according to WITN. He was 86. Griffith’s close friend and former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday confirmed his death, telling the news station that Griffith passed away at 7 a.m.

An emergency medical crew responded to a call from Griffith’s home in Manteo, N.C., Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie told WAVY. In a later statement, Sheriff Doughtie affirmed Griffith’s death, explaing that the actor “passed away at his home, peacefully. He has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island.”

The cause of death is not yet known, though Griffith had a history of health problems. He suffered a heart attack in 2000, after which he had quadruple bypass surgery. In 2006 he broke his hip in a fall and spent at least two weeks in the hospital.

Griffith, a native of Mount Airy, N.C., put the Southern state on the map with his eponymous prime-time program The Andy Griffith Show, set in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C. He starred as the tiny town’s beloved sheriff, accompanied by his inept deputy Barney Fife. The show was a ratings hit throughout its eight seasons, producing a number of spin-offs and launching Griffith into larger productions. He starred as the charming Southern lawyer Matlock on that eponymous show in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

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jacklyn johnson
jacklyn johnson

He represented a quality that is hard to come by these days. He was good and honest. There will never be anyone else like Andy Griffith. Someone created a memorial page for Andy on Evertalk within Facebook. You can post in his guestbook and read his biography. Here's the link:

https://apps.facebook.com/ever...

christinasmythe
christinasmythe

I will miss him. I watched his TV shows. He was the greatest. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk page Jacklyn.

oldprofessor
oldprofessor

I would not want to detract form Andy's protrayal of life in North Carolina....but it was his performance in "No Time for Sargeants"  that made me a life long fan of Andy Griffith.  RIP Andy.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

 

Andy brought small-town humor and life into the homes of

every American through their television screens.  He’ll be missed after his long and full

career of entertainment which still fills many households like my own family’s.  I created a portrait of Andy and Don Knotts

for my Cult of Personality series a few years back, which depicted entertainers

who influenced my life in one capacity or another.  I shared work of art today on my artist’s

blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...  Feel free to drop by and share your own

memories of growing up with Mayberry. 

Toothy Grins
Toothy Grins

That was definitely a cool career!  RIP and hope you are even happier than on Earth 

rifleman
rifleman

Good bye Andy! Mayberry amp; the world mourns...