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Andy Griffith

Already Buried

7/3/2012 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Andy Griffith
only passed away a few hours ago -- but TMZ has learned, the Hollywood icon has already been buried.

A rep for Twiford Funeral Homes in Manteo, North Carolina tells us, Andy was buried at 11:30 AM on his family farm on Roanoke Island. We're told Andy had previously requested to be buried immediately after his death ... so that's why it all happened so fast.

We made calls to find out if Andy was embalmed. No one was talking, but we're told it's legal in North Carolina to bury people without embalming them.

We're told Andy's burial followed a small, private service with close friends and family in attendance.

Andy was 86.

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Carl    

Good way for a him to maintain his dignity by avoiding a bunch of paparazzi showing up and hovering around like vultures.

657 days ago
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unbelievable    

Thats the way to do it. Excellent.

657 days ago
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Regina    

Pleasantly surprised. He had a right to be buried however he wanted. I hope that they will let his fans see his gravesite however to pay respects. If not, that's okay.

657 days ago
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Majestik    

As it should be. R.I.P. Mr Griffith

657 days ago
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IceGypsy    

I guess if that's what he wanted, then it was good of the family to honor his wishes. RIP Andy. Personally I think it would have been nice to wait a few days to allow family members and friends to come and pay their respects. RIP Andy

657 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

I like to picture him on a country porch, with some lemonade, cooler full of fresh fish after just having returned from the river, enjoying the peace and quiet.

Rest in peace Andy. My condolences to his family.

657 days ago
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Arcadia Rink    

He did it HIS WAY! RIP Andy.

657 days ago
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Sincerity    

Andy Griffith was a "CULTURAL ICON"!!! I really enjoyed his TV programs. May he Rest In Peace!!! ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS!!!

657 days ago
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Laura    

My parents live in Mt. Airy and it's a madhouse there right now. RIP Andy.

657 days ago
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LVX156    

Thank you for being a wonderful and positive role model on TV. They do not make television shows like The Andy Griffith anymore. Rest in BLISS Andy. You will always be remembered and I'll still watch the re-runs and laugh, cry and smile. Great actor!

657 days ago
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Ben    

there is no law regarding embalming. The only time is if the deceased is being transported across state lines.

657 days ago
12.

jeff    

TMZ called to ask if he was embalmed? Doesn't that seem just a little wrong?

657 days ago
13.

myopinion    

WOW...he was prepared that's great it went the way he wanted.

RIP Andy

657 days ago
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Tummy Tuck    

It's legal EVERYWHERE to be buried without being embalmed. Funeral homes can only require it if the family wants a viewing or open casket.

657 days ago
15.

judi    

..... RIP MR GRIFFITH!!

657 days ago
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